December 1, 2008

Piso at sentimo

THEME DAY: CIRCLES/SPHERES • The coins of the Philippines—not new and shiny, but dull, scratched and nicked from everyday use. Our currency is known to the world as the Philippine peso. 1/100th of the peso is called a sentimo or centavo. The three smallest coins in the bottom row are 25, 10 and 5 centavos. The three bigger coins are pesos and the figures depicted on them are all national heroes of the Philippine revolution against Spanish colonial rule in the late 19th century. On the ten peso coin are Andres Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini. On the five peso coin is Emilio Aguinaldo. And on the piso, probably the most used of our coins, is Jose Rizal.

Philippine coins

Follow the bouncing red dot around the world! And I suggest you start at Leominster, Massachusetts—you'll understand why. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

28 comments:

rob said...

Your money are running fast. The 10 piso is relatively young 2005 but its seems to have traveled a lot all around the Philippines. Great idea Hilda for the theme day!

Olivier said...

bonne idée, voila un bon thème du mois, présenter notre monnaie.
good idea, veiled a good topic of the month, to introduce our currency.

Hope said...

Excellent idea for theme day! And the bouncing red dot and link to Leominster made me smile!

USelaine said...

Hey, very crisply captured! I've never seen Philippine money before.

Laurie said...

What a great idea for theme day, Hilda! I love looking at money from other countries. And whenever I mistakenly end up with change that has a coin that isn't American, I feel like it's my lucky day. (I'm weird, I know...)

Beautiful close-up shot. Happy theme day!

MurciaDailyPhoto and www.asthes.tk said...

Hylda, I think that you have elected a good idea for the theme day.
You know that I'm from Spain. In Spain "sentimo" is "centimo".
About your heroes: they were spanish or philippines?
Did you know that Philipinnes was Spanish from 1565 to 1898? That the reason that you have many spanish words. Have you noticed that all the countries that were great empires, then they have fallen?

MurciaDailyPhoto and www.asthes.tk said...

More about the history between Spain and Philippines at wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philipine_history
I think that Spain left good things at your country.
Greetings.

marley said...

I like the 5 centavos with the hole in the middle! This is what I love about CDP blogging - you learn so much about other places. First the egg (thanks for the additional info) now the currency what next?!

Happy theme day and thanks for your continued comments on Cheltenham DP and Macro World :)

angela said...

An interesting interpretation of the theme. Your coins do look well travelled.

Isadora said...

Hi Hilda: Oh, your photo is so much clearer than mine. I'm envious. Maybe the older coins did not reflect the light as much? :)

Jilly said...

Great idea. Especially the tiny one with the hole - the extra circle. Fab for today and we get to see your lovely currency.

Zsolt said...

they are new but they look like ancient coins. Thanks for sharing

Knoxville Girl said...

This is really interesting, thanks for the background information. These look like they could have been found in an old Spanish galleon shipwreck, despite the dates on the coins. godd theme day idea, Hilda!

Helen said...

They say that money makes the world go round - so you made an excellent choice for theme day!

Also, thanks for the tip to take a look at Leominster - what a treat.

Sharon said...

Great idea for theme day. I like it.

Fio said...

Good idea, Hilda!
I've never seen the Philippine coins. Thank you for sharing :)

Halcyon said...

Great choice for the theme day. I love seeing the different types of money in other parts of the world.

lunarossa said...

Hi Hilda, nice shot. I like the 5 centavos because of the hole in the middle. Don't you have a Rizal Day? I vaguely remember a friend telling me that. All the best. Ciao. Antonella

mirage2g said...

I still have some piso here :D

You did a great take for this theme day, never thought of it lol. Happy theme day!

Boise Diva said...

I like the real coin collection spin on circles...

PJ said...

Hilda, I visited you earlier but my comment didn't take/disappeared/got ate by the blog monster. I commented that the money from other contries always seems so exotic and that I especially like coins with holes because they double for jewelry and pocket art. Maybe with the recession they;ll start poking holes in coins to save money?

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the donG said...

i like the ten peso coin. i also remember the issue before of the philippine peso being exported to a country that uses it for another product.

Kuanyin Moi said...

Great idea for the theme day!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

in greece, we had those old style coins with holes in the centres, but they are long gone now!

Tash said...

Excellent photo of the coins. I find it fascinating to see different country's coins and what is on them. The silver ones are very distinguished & I adore the little guy with a hole. Well done for Theme Day. Will we see the back of them sometime in the future?

dyosa said...

I miss the little square ones. Those 1 centavo coins with Lapu-Lapu in them. :-)

Ming the Merciless said...

Cool interpretation of the theme.

I used to collect coins and stamps as a kid. I have to call my mom and ask if she still has my collection.

Thanks for the road down memory lane.