Philippine ten centavo coin

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Ten centavos
Philippines
Value 0.10 Philippine peso
Mass 2.5 g
Diameter 17.00 mm
Edge Reeded
Composition Copper-plated steel
Years of minting 1880-present
Obverse
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Design Denomination, country name in Tagalog and year
Design date 1995
Reverse
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Design Logo of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Design date 1995

The Philippine ten centavo coin (10¢) coin is the third-lowest denomination coin of the Philippine peso. It is the oldest denomination under 1 peso to remain in the country's circulation, having been introduced in 1880 during the Spanish rule of the islands.

The first coin worth one tenth of a peso was the 10 centimo coin of 1880-1885. It featured on its obverse King Alfonso XII of Spain with the inscription 'Alfonso XII por La G(racia) de Dios' (Alfonso XII, by the Grace of God) and the year of minting. The reverse featured the coat of arms of Castille and Kingdom of León. Around it was the inscription 'Rey de Espana' (King of Spain) and the denomination as 10 Cs. de Po. (10 centimos of peso).[1]

History[edit]

Independence[edit]

  • English Series; In 1958, minting of the centavo resumed with another coat of arms on the reverse. The inscription around the coat of arms was changed to 'Central Bank of the Philippines'.
  • Pilipino Series; In 1969, the coin featured the Tagalog language for the first time. Its obverse featured Francisco Baltazar in profile to the left, also known as Francisco Balagtas, a prominent Filipino poet widely considered as one of the greatest Filipino literary laureates for his impact on Filipino literature. The inscription around the shield on its reverse read 'Republika ng Pilipinas'.
  • Ang Bagong Lipunan Series; A second coin featuring Baltazar was minted from 1975 to 1983. The name of the Republic was moved to the obverse, and Baltazar now faced the right. On the reverse read the inscription 'Ang Bagong Lipunan'. The issues from 1979 to 1982 featured a mintmark underneath the 10 centavo.
  • Flora and Fauna Series; From 1983 to 1994, a new coin was issued with Baltazar again faced to the left in profile, and the denomination was moved to the reverse with the date on the front.
  • BSP Coin Series; The current version has been minted since 1995 and is copper-coloured. It features no human at all. The reverse has the logo of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The name of the republic, the date and denomination are all on the obverse.
English Series
(1958-1967)
Pilipino Series
(1969-1974)
Ang Bagong Lipunan Series
(1975-1983)
Flora and Fauna Series
(1983-1994)
BSP Coin Series
(1995–present)
Obverse
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Reverse
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