Philippines 1983 piso
This type was issued by the Philippines for circulation 1983-89, to be superseded in 1991 by a smaller stainless steel coin (KM 243.2). Today, with US$1 = 48 PHP (approximately), no coins smaller than a peso circulate. This date is common. The beast on the reverse, Anoa mindoroensis, now reclassified as Bubalus mindoroensis, is better known as the tamaraw bull. Fewer than a thousand individuals exist.
Recorded mintage: 55,869,000.
Specification: 9.5 g, copper-nickel, 29 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 243.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.