Philippine twenty-five-centavo coin

The twenty-five-sentimo coin (25¢) coin is the third-lowest denomination coin of the Philippine peso.

Twenty-five sentimo
Value0.25 Philippine peso
Mass3.60 g
Diameter20.00 mm
Thickness1.65 mm
CompositionNickel-plated steel
Years of minting1958–present
Design"Republika ng Pilipinas", Three stars and the sun (stylized representation of the Philippine flag); Value; Year of minting; Mint mark
Design date2018
DesignDillenia philippinensis (Katmon); logo of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Design date2018

During Spanish administration, coins valued at 14 a Spanish dollar (or peso) or two reales issued by Spain and Spanish America were generally accepted in the Philippines for 25 centimos. Following the 1864 release of the 20-centimo coin, however, a 25-centimo denomination was not issued until the end of the Spanish and American administrations.

The first coin of the independent Philippines to be worth a quarter of a peso was issued in 1958 as twenty-five centavos (the name for the sub-unit under American rule). Its obverse featured a woman near a volcano. The denomination was written in English around its outside with the year at the bottom. On the reverse was the coat of arms of the Philippines and around it the inscription 'Central Bank of the Philippines'. The last issue of the coin was in 1966.[1]

History Edit

Independence Edit

English Series Edit

In 1958, minting of the centavo resumed with another coat of arms on the reverse. The inscription around the coat of arms was changed to 'Central Bank of the Philippines'.

Pilipino Series Edit

In 1969, the coin featured the Tagalog language for the first time. Its obverse featured Juan Luna, a Filipino painter, sculptor and a political activist of the Philippine Revolution during the late 19th century, in profile to the left. The inscription around the shield on its reverse read 'Republika ng Pilipinas'.

Ang Bagong Lipunan Series Edit

A second silver-colored coin featuring Luna was minted from 1975 to 1983. The name of the Republic was moved to the obverse. On the reverse read the inscription 'Ang Bagong Lipunan'. The issues from 1979 to 1982 featured a mintmark underneath the 25 centavo.

Flora and Fauna Series Edit

From 1983 to 1994, a new gold-colored coin was issued with Luna faced to the right in profile, and the denomination was moved to the reverse with the date on the obverse. The Philippine butterfly (Graphium idaeoides) was also featured on the obverse.

BSP Coin Series Edit

Issued from 1995 to 2003 in brass and from 2004 to 2018 in brass-plated steel, the twenty-five sentimo coin featured the name of the republic, date of issue and denomination on the obverse. The reverse side featured the 1993 logo of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

New Generation Currency Coin Series Edit

Issued in 2018 and minted in nickel-plated steel, the twenty-five cent coin features a stylized representation of the Philippine flag, the three stars and the sun, the denomination and year of minting on the obverse. The reverse side features the Katmon (Dillenia philippinensis) and the current logo of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Version history Edit

English Series
Pilipino Series
Ang Bagong Lipunan Series
Flora and Fauna Series
(1983–1990, 1991–1994)
BSP Coin Series
New Generation Currency Coin Series
Years Material Weight
1958–1967 Nickel-brass 4.8
1967–1975 Nickel-brass 4
1975–1983 Cupronickel 4
1983–1991 Brass 4
1991–1994 Brass 2
1995–2004 Brass 3
2004–2018 Brass-plated steel 3
2018–present Nickel-plated steel 3

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