Philippine Banknotes: Historical Persons, Heritage Sites and Security Features
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Philippine Banknotes: Historical Persons, Heritage Sites and Security Features

What are banknotes? Each and every country have their own specific banknotes for circulation. Now, I am presenting to you the new banknotes of the Philippines with tight security features against fraud and our very own heritage sites and culture. These banknotes are colorful and much interesting to see the different UNESCO heritage sites and popular landmarks featured at the back-face, including indigenous weave and embroidery design from different parts of the country. It also includes prominent and distinct animals of the Philippines. The front-face features prominent Filipinos and historical events including seven of its security features. Let me begin from the lowest denomination.

PHILIPPINE BANKNOTES: HISTORICAL PERSONS, HERITAGE SITES AND SECURITY FEATURES

The new banknotes of the Philippine peso are issued by the Central Bank of the Philippines for circulation. From the smallest amount of twenty peso to the largest amount of one-thousand peso of legal tender, features historical person and events at the front side. While at the back-side depicts heritage sites and prominent animals of the country. These banknotes comprise a radically distinctive security features. The five-peso and 10-peso denominations are offered in coins.

 

New Philippine Banknotes

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These banknotes are colorful and much interesting to see the different UNESCO heritage sites and popular landmarks featured at the back-face, including indigenous weave and embroidery design from different parts of the country. It also includes prominent and distinct animals of the Philippines.

The front-face features prominent Filipinos and historical events including seven of its security features. Let me begin from the lowest denomination.

The Twenty-peso Bill

The face-front features the late President Manuel L. Quezon, the event positing Filipino as the national language and the Malacanang Palace – house of the president.

Security Features

  1. Embossed prints of the words REPUBLIKA NG PIIPINAS and DALAWANG PISO (twenty pesos), portraits, signatures and value panels.
  2. Serial numbers compose of one to two prefix letters and asymmetric digits at the lower left and upper right of the face-front of the note
  3. Security fibers with red and blue visible fibers engrafted that glow in two colors under ultraviolet light.
  4. Watermark: A shadow image of the portrait and number 20 can be seen at the blank space when viewed against the light from both face of the note.
  5. The word PILPINO written in baybayin – pre-Spanish Philippine writing system, is seen in complete form when viewed against light.
  6. The concealed value super-imposed on the smaller version of portrait at the upper left side of the note and can be seen when tilted down or rotated at 45 degrees.
  7. A security thread – an embedded thread lined vertically across the note is visible at both sides when viewed against the light.

The face-back features the Banawe Rice Terraces – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the animal – Palm Civet and an indigenous weave design from the natives of Cordillera mountains.

The Fifty-peso Bill

The face-front displays the portrait of President Sergio Osmena, the two historical events; First National Assembly in 1907 and the Landing at Leyte by Gen. Macarthur. As usual, it reveals the Seal of the Republic of the Philippine and the new BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas).

Security Features stay the same but only varies on the amount of domination. In this fifty-peso bill, the embossed print is LIMAMPUNG PISO (fifty pesos).

The face-back display the Taal Lake of Batanags City; the animal – Maliputo (Caranx Ignobilis) and the embroidery design from Batangas, vertically located ath the right side of the note.

The One-hundred peso Bill

The face-front design highlights the portrait of President Manuel A. Roxas: the building of the Central Bank of the Philippines 1949; the inauguration of the Third Republic, July 4, 1946.    

Security Features stay the same but only varies on the amount of domination. In this fifty-peso bill, the embossed print is SANDAANG PISO (one hundred pesos).

The face-back highlights the Mayon Volcano – well known as the ‘perfect cone: the animal – “butanding”, the whale shark and the indigenous design from Bicol Region.

The Two-hundred peso Bill

The face-front features the portrait of president Diosdado Macapagal: EDSA People Power II January 2011; the Independence House and the Barosoain Church in Malolos Bulacan.

Security Features stay the same but only varies on the amount of domination. In this fifty-peso bill, the embossed print is DALAWANGDAAN PISO (two hundred pesos).

The face-back features the popular tourist destination – Bohol Chocolate Hill; the animal – tarsier (tarsius syrichta) and the indigenous design from the Visayan Islands.

The Five-hundred peso Bill

The face-front displays the Icon of democracy – President Corazon Aquino and Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.; EDSA People Power I February 1986 and the monument of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

Security Features stay the same but only varies on the amount of domination. In this fifty-peso bill, the embossed print is LIMANDAANG PISO (five hundred pesos).

The face-back displays the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park; the animal – Blue-napped Parrot and the indigenous weave from the Southern Philippines. The color of the parrot changes from red to green when rotated at 90 degrees.   

The One Thousand peso Bill

The face-front highlights the War Heroes: Josefa Lianes Escoda, Jose Abad Santos and Vicente Lim; Centennial of Philippine Independence 1998 and the Medal of Honor.

Security Features stay the same but only varies on the amount of domination. In this fifty-peso bill, the embossed print is SANLIBONG PISO (one-thousand pesos).

The face-back highlights the Tubbataha Reefs National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site; South Sea Pearl ( pinctada maxima) “tinalak” and the dyed abaca woven in Mindanao.

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Comments (12)

Through your assorted articles I have learned so much about this lovely country.Thank you for sharing this educational piece with me.

Thank a lot dear Roberta.

These bank notes are not only beautiful but educational showing the beauties of your Country. Thank you, Dear Ron, for sharing this. We don't have the opportunity of seeing them over here.

Very best wishes.  

I love my country, my native Land. Thanks for sharing Sir Ron, what a wonderful country we have, with wonderful people, too! I love the Philippines, especially Bohol, my home town. I am so glad that our town's pride has been displayed in the 200 peso bill. Cheers!

Nice looking money Ron, this is very good infromation for people planning a holiday there or just interested in world currencies. 

Your country has some very colorful money, Ron.

My sincere thanks to everyone and appreciation for the continuous support.

very good info and I love the pictures

Great information and pictures of these banknotes, thanks for sharing.

Brilliant work, Ron, as always.

What magnificent works of artistic design and high tech security features.  Thank you Ron, you must be and certainly should proud be of the many beautiful achievements of Filipinos...God Bless You.

Personally I was only able to see the new 20 Peso Bank Note I haven't seen any other Banknotes yet.

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