• 5 Sentimo 1983-1992, KM# 239, Philippines
  • 5 Sentimo 1983-1992, KM# 239, Philippines
Description

The Flora and Fauna series was introduced in 1983 which included ₱2 coins. This series used the Optima typeface. ₱5 coins were reintroduced in 1991, and reduced-size 25-sentimo, 50-sentimo, ₱1 and ₱2 coins were distributed starting Dec 1992. Production of 50-sentimo and ₱2 coins ceased in 1995. The series was demonetized on Jan. 2, 1998.

Obverse

Head of Melchora Aquino right, name of country above, date below. Below truncation the mintmark of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Melchora Aquino de Ramos (1812–1919) was a Filipina revolutionary who became known as "Tandang Sora" ("Elder Sora") because of her age. She is also known as the "Grand Woman of the Revolution" and the "Mother of Balintawak" for her contributions.

REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS
MELCHORA
AQUINO
1983

Reverse

Vanda sanderiana, value above, scientific name below.

Vanda sanderiana is a flower of the orchid family. It is commonly called Waling-waling in the Philippines and is also called Sander's Vanda, after Henry Frederick Conrad Sander, a noted orchidologist. The orchid is considered to be the "Queen of Philippine flowers" and is worshiped as a diwata by the indigenous Bagobo people.

In 2004, there had been a motion in the House of Representatives of the Philippines to declare the "Waling-waling" as the country's national flower, replacing the Sampaguita. In 2013, a bill was passed by the Philippine Senate declaring the Waling-waling as a national flower alongside the Sampaguita. However, the House Bill 5655 was vetoed by President Aquino citing that there are other means to promote the protection and preservation of the Waling Waling Orchid without declaring it a second national flower.

5 SENTIMO
VANDA
SANDERIANA

Edge

5 Sentimo

Flora and fauna series
KM# 239
Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Weight 1.2 g
Diameter 17 mm
Thickness 2.08 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)

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