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PHP Currency Guide


Philippine Currency:

This is the Pryo.net Guide to the Philippine Peso (PHP). The following chart depicts all current variations of circulating Philippine currency and is provided for reference purposes. All levels of coin and paper currency are shown. Images may be clicked for larger and/or complete viewing.

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The Five Sentimo Coin:
This coin is rarely used due to its low value. Primary it is used in high volume large department stores such as Guizano, LCC, SM and others, where they round the prices up by a Low increment to "gain the quarter penny" so to speak.
The Ten Sentimo Coin:
This coin is rarely used due to its low value. Primary it is used in high volume large department stores such as Guizano, LCC, SM an others, where they round the prices up by a Low increment to "gain the half penny" so to speak.
The Twenty Five Sentimo Coin:
The twenty five sentimo coin is used often in daily commercial activities almost always as an exchange modifier and change item. There is virtually nothing that can be directly purchased with this coin due to its low value.
The One Piso Coin:
The One Piso coin is the most commonly used form of currency for small daily purchases from local "Sari-Sari" stores for buying cigarettes, candy, etc. The coin depicts national hero Jose Rizal and comes in a silver color finish.
The Five Piso Coin:
The Five Piso coin is a standard item in the Philippine currency and is used in day to day transactions. The coin depicts national hero General Emilio Aguinaldo and comes in a brass color finish.
The Ten Piso Coin:
Two-toned (Brass and Silver color) design in the style of the Canada $2 coin and the European Euro. The coin depicts national heroes Andres Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini. The Ten Piso coin traditionally has flown in and out of circulation depending on the exchange rate with the United States Dollar. There is also a 10 Piso Paper Note which has been the standard of the 10 Piso currency unit. Recently the 10 Piso coin has been flooded into circulation and the 10 Piso bill has been dwindling in supply.
The Ten Piso Bill:
This bill was by far the most commonly used bill in the country, however with the recent push of the 10 Piso coin, this bill is becoming more rare. It is inked in brown and depicts Apolinario Mabini and Andres Bonifacio (same as the coin of the same denomination). The backside of the bill portrays the initial place and planning of the rebellion against Spain.
The Twenty Piso Bill:
This is likely the most common units of currency in the country. This bill is used in almost every business transaction both large and small. This bill is inked in orange and depicts Manual Quezon on the front and a Palace on the backside.
The Fifty Piso Bill:
This bill is inked in a red tone. Although not rare in circulation it is far less common than the 100 Piso or the 20 Piso bill. The bill features Sergio Osmeña. The backside depicts a government building. This bill is commonly accepted by any business.

The One Hundred Piso Bill:
This grape toned note features Manual A. Roxas (first President of the Republic). The backside depicts the Central Bank of the Philippines buildings. This is the most commonly used purchasing bill.

The Two Hundred Piso Bill:
This green tinted note features Diosdado Macapagal (X-President and father of current President Arroyo). The backside depicts the current president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, being sworn into office after EDSA II. Introduced in late 2002, this bill is very new and is very very rare in circulation. IT is the second bill in real circulation to depict a woman on it.
The Five Hundred Piso Bill:
Yellow in tone, this bill is roughly equivalent to $10 United States Dollars. It depicts Benigno Aquino Jr. The backside depicts various war hero memorials. Like the 1000 Piso bill it may at times be difficult to get change for this bill from small businesses and taxis. This bill the the most commonly used "big bill" in provincial bank transactions.
The One Thousand Piso Bill: Light blue coloring marks this bill. It is the highest circulating unit of currency in the Philippines. This bill depicts national icons Jose Santos, Josefa Escoda (the only named woman to grace Philippine money until the 2002 introduction of the 200 Peso Bill) and Vincente Lim. The backside depicts various ancient history items. This bill is rarely used (except in large stores) as often smaller businesses have trouble making change.




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