Philippines 1903 5 centavos

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1903 Five Centavos
1903 Five Centavos PROOF

This type was struck for the Philippines 1903-28. The early dates (1903-08) are from the Philadelphia mint, the middle dates (1916-19) are from the San Francisco mint and the later dates (1920-28)(1920-1921 without a mint mark) are from the Manila mint. The Manila mint struck reduced size five centavos 1930-35 (KM 175). In 1937, with the inauguration of the Commonwealth, the reverse was redesigned. This third type (KM 180) was struck at Manila 1937-41 and at San Francisco in 1944-45. Many of the dates are rare, especially in nice condition, but the 1903 is the commonest date. All were demonetized by the Philippine government in the late 1960's when the currency was reformed.

Recorded mintage: 8,910,000 plus 2,558 proofs.

Specification: 5 g, copper-nickel, 21.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 164.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Ganzon de Legarda, Angelita, Piloncitos to Pesos, A Brief History of Coinage in the Philippines, Manila: Bancom Development Corporation, 1976.

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