Philippines 1919-S centavo
This type was struck for the Philippines 1903-36. The early dates (1903-08) are from the Philadelphia mint, the middle dates (1908-20) are from the San Francisco mint and the later dates (1925-36) are from the Manila mint. In 1937, with the inauguration of the Commonwealth, the reverse was redesigned. This second type (KM 179) was struck at Manila 1937-41 and at San Francisco in 1944. Many of the dates are rare, especially in nice condition, but the 1919-S is only somewhat scarce. All were demonetized by the Philippine government in the late 1960's when the currency was reformed.
Recorded mintage: 4,540,000.
Specification: 25 mm diameter, 5.18 g, bronze (.950 copper & .050 tin & zinc), plain edge.
Catalog reference: KM 163.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ganzon de Legarda, Angelita, Piloncitos to Pesos, A Brief History of Coinage in the Philippines, Manila: Bancom Development Corporation, 1976.