English Series

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The English Series were Philippine banknotes and coins that circulated from 1949 to 1969. It was the first banknote and coin series of the newly established Central Bank of the Philippines (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) and was the only banknote and coin series of the Philippine peso to use English as its language for all of its banknotes and coins.

Banknotes[edit]

English Series
Image Value Dimensions Main Color Description Year
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse First issue Withdrawal
Small denomination notes
5 centavos 5 centavos 5 centavos Red Bank title, bank seal, value, serial number "PHILIPPINES", value April 15, 1951 June 30, 1958
10 centavos 10 centavos 10 centavos Maroon Bank title, bank seal, value, serial number "PHILIPPINES", value
20 centavos 20 centavos 20 centavos Green Bank title, bank seal, value, serial number "PHILIPPINES", value
50 centavos Blue Bank title, bank seal, value, serial number "PHILIPPINES", value
½ peso Green Mt. Mayon and three men riding on a carabao-drawn cart "PHILIPPINES", value July 1, 1958 April 1, 1967
Large denomination notes
1 pesos ₱1 160 × 66 mm Gray Apolinario Mabini Barasoain Church April 15, 1951 February 28, 1974
2 pesos ₱2 Blue José Rizal Landing of Ferdinand Magellan
5 pesos ₱5 Golden yellow Marcelo H. del Pilar and Graciano Lopez Jaena La Solidaridad
10 pesos ₱10 Brown Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora Urdaneta and Legaspi Monument
20 pesos ₱20 Orange Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Jacinto Kartilya ng Katipunan and the Balintawak Monument
50 pesos ₱50 Red Antonio Luna Blood compact between Sikatuna and Legaspi
100 pesos ₱100 Yellow Tandang Sora Regimental flags and the Katipunan veterans March 31, 1971
200 pesos ₱200 Green Manuel L. Quezon Legislative Building December 31, 1959
500 pesos ₱500 Violet Manuel Roxas Former Central Bank Building
For table standards, see the banknote specification table.

Coins[edit]

English Series
Image Face Value Technical parameters Description Total Mintage Date of
Obverse Reverse Diameter Thickness Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse issue demonetization
Phil1960centobv.jpg Phil1960centrev.jpg 1 centavo 18.5 mm 2.5 g Bronze Plain Figure of a man seated beside an anvil holding a hammer and Mt. Mayon, year of minting Bank title and coat of arms July 1, 1958 Aug 31, 1979
Phil1962fivecentobv.jpg Phil1962fivecentrev.jpg 5 centavos 20.0 mm 3.7 g Brass Plain Figure of a man seated beside an anvil holding a hammer and Mt. Mayon, year of minting Bank title and coat of arms July 1, 1958 Aug 31, 1979
Phil10cent1963obv.jpg Phil10cent1963rev.jpg 10 centavos 17.5 mm 2.05 g Nickel-brass Reeded Lady Liberty striking an anvil with a hammer and Mt. Mayon, year of minting Bank title and coat of arms July 1, 1958 Jan 2, 1998
Phil25cent1962obv.jpg Phil25cent1962rev.jpg 25 centavos 23.5 mm 4.8 g Aug 31, 1979
Phil1958fiftycentobv.jpg Phil1958fiftycentrev.jpg 50 centavos 30.0 mm 10.3 g

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