Saturday, July 2, 2016

109. PHILIPPINE PLAY MONEY




Philippine Movie Stars featured in play money.
Circa 1930's
During my childhood I would buy candies or snacks  which contained play money inside.  They are quite colorful and the designs are eye catching.  Denominations would run from 1 peso and as high as 100 Billion pesosAs kids we do not have much money so I would imagine that they were real and would buy anything I want with the few billions in hand. 

The first play money were miniature coins made by Laures from Germany in the 1850's. They were made for dolls with purse containing these miniature coins. They were well made to be children's toys. In the 1880's,  Milton Bradley Company of Massachusetts popularized the toy money for children featuring copies of USA coins and banknotes made of cardboard. 

Play Money are fake bills or coins intended to be used use as toy currency, especially for classroom instruction or as a marker in board games such as Monopoly, rather than currency in a legitimate exchange market.   I like the vintage Philippine play money because it resembles old US dollar bills. 



Collecting play money is fun and they are collected widely. There are many collectors who keeps play money because it overlaps with collecting coins and banknotes. Play money can be categorized as toy, game, educational, souvenir, advertising and candy exonumia.

Most of them are sold in sari-sari stores. Now you can buy them at bookstores and toy shops as novelty items.

WASHINGTON CANDY FACTORY Play Money. Circa 1930's
KENKOY Play Money Victory Series. Circa 1940's

PHILIPPINE CONFECTIONERY CO.,  TIMES CANDY FACTORY & SPORTS CONTEST
Play Money. Circa 1940's


SPORTS CONTEST  Play Money. Circa 1940's


Although the design resembles US currency this was made here in the Philippines. Ca. 1950's
Although the design resembles US currency this was made here in the Philippines
Ca. 1950's

THE NEW PHILIPPINE ARCHIPELAGO Play Money
People Power Series. Ca. 1980's


KENKOY BANK. Ca. 1970s


AKSAYA BANK.  Ca. 1970s

These play money are found inside candy wrappers. Ca. 1970s


Plastic coin play money resembling US Philippine era coins and US currency

Plastic coin play money resembling US Philippine era coins and US currency