In commemoration of Pope Francis’ state and pastoral visit to the Philippines, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Wednesday January 14 announced the issuance of limited edition Pope Francis coins in 50 and 500 peso denomination. The 50 and 500 peso commemorative coins are legal tender and will be sold for 100Php and 1000Php respectively.
As part of their policy, BSP commemorated significant events in the country’s history through minting of coins, medals or overprints of banknotes.
The 50-piso Pope Francis Commemorative Coin is made of Nickel Brass while the 500-piso is made of Nordic Gold with gold plating. Featured on both coins are:
On the obverse:
• The portrait of Pope Francis
• The markings:
o “Republika ng Pilipinas”, “Pope Francis”
o Signature of Pope Francis
o The Denomination
o Yearmark “2015”
o BSP Mint Mark
On the reverse:
• The BSP seal
• The markings:
o “Papal Visit/Philippines”
o Date of Visit “January 15-19, 2015”
o Logo of the Papal Visit 2015
o Mini letters “Mercy and Compassion”
To those interested to buy this 2 special coins, you can reserve by downloading BSP reservation form here and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org. A confirmation e-mail from BSP will be sent to you afterwards containing the date when you can pay and pick up the coins. Reservation forms may only be submitted until the end of June 2015 and the coins will be available starting the last week of January 2015. Please note that the coins are not available over the counter.
Meanwhile, ,1000-Piso silver and 10,000-Piso gold Papal commemorative coins will also be available starting May 2015.