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New Php1.00 Rizal coin

By on January 30, 2012

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has released new Php1.00 coins late last year to commemorate the sesquicentennial of Jose Rizal’s birth. Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, was born in June 19, 1861 and was executed in December 30, 1896 by the Spanish authorities for his subversive writings. His death is one of the many events that sparked the revolution that overthrew the more than three centuries of Spanish rule in the Philippines.

The coin’s obverse shows markings such as “150 years,” “Republika ng Pilipinas,” and “1861-2011.” It also bears a portrait of Rizal that is noticeably bigger. He is also not facing sideways this time. The reverse side shows the new BSP seal and “1-Piso” and “2011” etchings. The nickel-plated steel coin however, has the same size (24 millimeter) and weight (5.35 grams) as the current Php1.00 coin in circulation.

My friends and I were able to literally pick up a few pieces of the new Php1.00 coin over the weekend. Our friend who is currently connected with BSP, tossed a whole bag of these to usher in prosperity in his new home. We sure did our best to behave like mature adults during that afternoon frenzy. But I know that our excitement would eventually wear off, when the 10 million commemorative pieces that the BSP released would be widely circulated in the next few months.

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    Bee

    January 31, 2012

    and I am so glad this good friend will give me 1 of his new 1-Peso coin.

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    Mustachio

    January 31, 2012

    Hey, didn't know they released a new piso… manglimos nya ko nimo. Thank you.

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    baktin

    January 31, 2012

    hahaha. Bee, I will also make hagis the coin at the balloons! 🙂 I hope to see you there.

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    baktin

    January 31, 2012

    Hi Mustachio, ako ra ipadala kay Bee unya. 🙂

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    Bee

    February 1, 2012

    weeeeee!!! and I won't tell mustachio it's with me. :p

    Thanks in advance, Bren.

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    Mustachio

    February 8, 2012

    Thanks Bren! Wala ko kabasa sa mga comments so na surprise lang ko pagmessage ni Bee na naa ka gipadala na piso heheh Thanks Bren! Yiippiieee! Thanks Bee!

    Bren – manghagis gyud ka'g piso sa balloons? Murag daghan gyud na na piso imong kailangan. Adto lang ko sa imong atubangan, ako lang sawo hehehe

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    baktin

    February 8, 2012

    You're welcome Khon. Enjoy the new piso while wala pa nag wear off ang novelty. bragging rights ba. 🙂

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Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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