This coin is in EF40 to EF45 shape. The scan doesn’t capture the golden copper color: this is a real beauty.
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.
Identification code: Philippines KM-163 (1903-1936)
Mint Mark: M (Manila)
Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)
Composition: Bronze (95% copper, 4% tin, 1% zinc)
Other details: This was the highest mintage of any coin in the entire US Philippine series. The 2nd highest mintage was 1928 at 91,500,00. The most common coin that I see is the 1944S: there were “only” 58,000,000 of those minted.
Estimated Value: $20-30 in EF40 state