Philippines 1944-S 5 centavos

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1944-S Five Centavos
another specimen
from the Mountain Groan Collection

This type was struck for the Philippines 1937-45. It superseded the reduced size five centavos of 1930-35 (KM 175).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, Philadelphia in 1944 and at San Francisco in 1944-45. Many of the early dates are rare, especially in nice condition, but the 1944-S is common. All were demonetized by the Philippine government in the late 1960's when the currency was reformed. The specimen shown is from the San Francisco mint and was struck at the time of MacArthur's landing at Leyte.

Recorded mintage: 14,040,000.

Specification: 4.87 g, copper-nickel, 19 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 180.


  • 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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