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US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso: a tough peso to find

The 1912 silver peso was hard for me to find – it took me quite a while to find this one at a price I was willing to pay. I think it conservatively grades EF40, and may garner an EF45.

1912 was the last year that this coin was made, and the mintage numbers weren’t particularly high. That, combined with a century of disinterest in the coin has led to a severe shortage in high grades. American pesos circulated widely throughout Asia as trade coinage, and many were damaged with chopmarks or assay slices.

On the obverse, Liberty is shown pounding on the forge of freedom. It was designed by Melecio Figueroa and there is some speculation that the young Filipina woman shown on the coin was based on his daughter. She is wearing a flowing dress, similar to the garb of Liberty on other period coinage. The obverse of the coin shows Liberty in the act of one-handedly striking an anvil with a hammer while her other  hand holds an olive branch. In the background is Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “One Peso” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”.

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Obverse with Liberty

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Obverse with Liberty

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with symbols from the American flag. At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. To the left of the year is the mint mark (“S” for San Francisco). Coins with no mint mark were minted at the Philadelphia Mint.

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Reverse with Eagle on Shield

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Reverse with Eagle on Shield

Identification code: Philippines KM-172

Date: 1912

Mint Mark: S (San Francisco)

Mintage: 680,000

Country of origin: United States of America

Composition: 80% Silver (0.5144 oz ASW)

Size: 38 mm

Weight: 20 grams (0.5144 oz ASW)

Estimated Value: $80-150

1912 Silver Peso - (0.5144 oz ASW)

1912 Silver Peso - (0.5144 oz ASW)

1912 Silver Peso - (0.5144 oz ASW)
1912 Silver Peso – (0.5144 oz ASW)

1903 US Philippine 20 Centavo Coin

This coin is in great shape, with very little wear on the high points. I would grade it EF40-EF45.

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with symbols from the American flag. At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. To the left of the year is the mint mark (“S” for San Francisco). Coin with no mint marks were minted at the Philadelphia Mint.

1903 US Philippines - 20 Centavo Coin Reverse

1903 US Philippines - 20 Centavo Coin Reverse

On the obverse, Liberty is shown pounding on the forge of freedom. This image was designed by Melecio Figueroa and there is some speculation that the young Filipina woman shown on the coin was based on his daughter. She is wearing a flowing dress, similar to the garb of Liberty on other period coinage. The obverse of the coin shows Liberty in the act of striking an anvil with a hammer while her other hand holds an olive branch. In the background is Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “Twenty Centavos” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”.

1903 US Philippines - 20 Centavo Coin Obverse, with liberty's hammer striking a forge

1903 US Philippines - 20 Centavo Coin Obverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-166 (minted 1903 to 1906)

Date: 1903

Mint Mark: n/a (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Mintage: 5,353,000

Country of origin: United States of America

Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper

Size: 22 mm

Weight: 5.3849g (0.1558 oz ASW)

Other details: This coin has a tiny prick on the reverse that my be a die crack. It stands out under magnification, but not at a casual glance.

Estimated Value: $6-20 (with silver at $31 / ounce)

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavos Coin

This coin is fine. I would grade it approximately F-12.

On the obverse, a bare chested Filipino man is shown sitting next to the forge of freedom. The blacksmith is built like Adonis – with huge muscles flexed in a spreadeagled pose. His elbow is on the forge, a Thor-like hammer is dangling from his right hand, and his left hand is on his left knee. The guy is staring off into the distance at  Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “Five Centavos” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”. The engraver was Melecio Figueroa.

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with a two register shield. The upper register shows 13 5-sided stars in two rows. The lower register shows 13 vertical bars with stripes and solid bars alternating. This is the Seal of the US Philippine Territories (adopted in 1903). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. If it had a mint mark (this one does not), the mint mark would be below the dot to the left of the date.

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-164 (minted 1903-1928)

Date: 1917

Mintage: 2,300,000 (no proofs were minted)

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

Composition: Coin Nickel (25% nickel, 75% copper)

Size: 20.5mm

Weight: 5g

Other details: The reverse of this coin has a smudge at about 11:00. I’m not sure what that is, but haven’t cleaned it to avoid damaging the patina of the coin. I like my coins with character.

Estimated Value: $1.50-2.50 in Fine Grade.

US Philippines 5 Centavo 1903

This coin is fine to very fine condition. I would grade it approximately VF-20.

On the obverse, a bare chested Filipino man is shown sitting next to the forge of freedom. The blacksmith is built like Adonis – with huge muscles  flexed in a spreadeagled pose. His elbow is on the forge, a Thor-like hammer is dangling from his right hand, and his left hand is on his left knee. The guy is staring off into the distance at  Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “Five Centavos” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”. The engraver was Melecio Figueroa.

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with a two register shield. The upper register shows 13 5-sided stars in two rows. The lower register shows 13 vertical bars with stripes and solid bars alternating. This is the Seal of the US Philippine Territories (adopted in 1903). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. If it had a mint mark (this one does not), the mint mark would be below the dot to the left of the date.

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-164 (minted 1903-1928)

Date: 1903

Mintage: 8,910,000 (2,558 were minted in proof)

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

Composition: Coin Nickel (25% nickel, 75% copper)

Size: 20.5mm

Weight: 5g

Other details: This was the first year of mintage for the 5 centavo. The diameter of the coin was later reduced to avoid confusion with the 20 centavo coin.

Estimated Value: $1.50-2.50 in VF-20

US Philippines Half Centavo 1903

This coin is in AU58 to MS63 condition. It is unslabbed, but it compares favorable with a MS63 piece that I also own. It is also a brilliant, golden color.

On the obverse, a bare chested Filipino man is shown sitting next to the forge of freedom. The blacksmith is built like Adonis – with huge muscles  flexed in a spreadeagled pose. His elbow is on the forge, a Thor-like hammer is dangling from his right hand, and his left hand is on his left knee. The guy is staring off into the distance at  Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “Half Centavo” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”. The engraver was Melecio Figueroa.

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with a two register shield. The upper register shows 13 5-sided stars in two rows. The lower register shows 13 vertical bars with stripes and solid bars alternating. This is the Seal of the US Philippine Territories (adopted in 1903). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. If it had a mint mark (this one does not), the mint mark would be below the dot to the left of the date.

US Philippines 1/2 Half Centavo 1903 Reverse
US Philippines 1/2 Half Centavo 1903 Reverse
US Philippines 1/2 Half Centavo 1903 Obverse
US Philippines 1/2 Half Centavo 1903 Obverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-162 (1903-1908)

Date: 1903

Mint Mark: n/a (Philadelphia)

Mintage: 12,084,000 (2,558 were minted in proof)

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

Composition: Bronze (95% copper, 4% tin, 1% zinc)

Size: 17.5mm

Weight: 2.59g

Other details: This was the first year of mintage for the half centavo, and the mintage this year alone accounts for 68.1% of the total mintage of this denomination.

Estimated Value: $30-55 in MS61

US Philippines 1919 Centavo from San Francisco

This coin is in Very Fine to Extremely Fine condition. I grade it a conservative VF30.

On the obverse, a bare chested Filipino man is shown sitting next to the forge of freedom. The blacksmith is built like Adonis – with huge muscles  flexed in a spreadeagled pose. His elbow is on the forge, a Thor-like hammer is dangling from his right hand, and his left hand is on his left knee. The guy is staring off into the distance at  Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “One Centavo” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”. The engraver was Melecio Figueroa.

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with a two register shield. The upper register shows 13 5-sided stars in two rows. The lower register shows 13 vertical bars with stripes and solid bars alternating. This is the Seal of the US Philippine Territories (adopted in 1903). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. The mint mark is to the left of the date, below the dot.

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1919 S Reverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1919 S Reverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1919 S Obverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1919 S Obverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-163 (1903-1936)

Date: 1919

Mint Mark: S (San Francisco)

Mintage: 4,540,000

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

Composition: Bronze (95% copper, 4% tin, 1% zinc)

Size: 23mm

Weight: 5.18g

Other details: There is a typo in the 2010 RedBook : instead of 454,000 of these, there were 4,540,000 minted. It isn’t exactly common, but it isn’t vanishingly rare either.

Estimated Value: $3-6 in VF30