Thursday, September 1, 2011

33. Philippine Banknotes / Paper Money


I have been a currency collector for 7 years now and specialize on Philippine banknotes only.  I have collected stamps and coins in the past but enjoy paper currency the most. I enjoy the history behind it  and I like the intricate artwork, engravings, color and designs on each note.


For me paper money is an exciting collectible. The value of paper money to collectors is much more than its face value printed on the paper.  The study and collecting of paper money and all substitutes for money is called notaphily, whether the money is printed on paper, plastic, cloth, wood, or leather. Notaphily is to paper money collecting as numismatics is to coin collecting and philately is to stamp collecting.


Photo courtesy of Central Bank of the Philippines


The first Philippine paper money was issued in 1852, the Banco Espanol-Filipino issued banknotes in five denominations, ranging from 5 to 100 pesos. The banknotes, in particular, resembled miniature diplomas bearing the portrait of Queen Isabela II. Her Majesty's likeness was later replaced by that of Queen Cristina's upon her ascendency.

Decades later, General Emilio Aguinaldo issued several banknotes as the official currency of the ill-fared First Philippine Republic. Also adorned with diploma-like designs, the Aguinaldo money circulated briefly in the Revolutionary arenas of Central Luzon.



Photo courtesy of Central Bank of the Philippines

By 1903, the subsequent American administration issued silver certificates in denominations of P2, P5 and P10, each bearing a portrait of Jose Rizal. 

Photo courtesy of Central Bank of the Philippines
With the advent of a new foreign  power, the Banco Espanol-Filipino was promptly rechristened as the Bank of  the Philippine Islands. Henceforth, all monetary bills were to carry the bank's title.




With the occupation of the Philippines by the Japanese Imperial forces, however, a new form of paper currency - the now infamous Mickey I Mouse money - was circulated. The superscription "The Japanese Government" on the new bills symbolically defaced the title of the Commonwealth Republic. The Liberation period, fortunately enough, liberated caches of prewar bills from obscurity by circulating them back as legal tender -with a bold yellow orange violator - the one word "Victory".




 In 1946 - the year the postwar Republic of the Philippines was officially born - the resurgent nation received an entirely new set of banknotes which featured for the first time a pantheon of Philippine heroes. In respective values of one, two, five, ten, twenty, fifty, one hundred, two hundred and five hundred pesos, the heroic profiles respectively of Mabini, Rizal, del Pilar, the Gomburza martyrs, Bonifacio, Jacinto, Luna, Tandang Sora, Manuel Quezon and then President Manuel Roxas gazed from one side. The other face featured historic landmarks and events such as the Barasoain Church and Magellan's landing in Cebu.


Photo courtesy of Central Bank of the Philippines

After the Second World War, the old Commonwealth coinage still bearing the US superscriptions continued to be used until 1951, when the first of a series of small centavo notes were issued as replacement. These now collectible bills are best remembered for their colors; the red-orange five centavos, the purple ten centavos, and the bluish fifty centavos.

Photo courtesy of Central Bank of the Philippines

Today's bills reflect the language shift from English to Filipino first intro­duced in 1969. Still printed in distinctive colors, today's bills have super­seded the previously-printed blue peso notes, with a new monetary series beginning at five pesos - the same beginning amount, curiously enough, of that first batch of banknotes that over a century ago became our first paper money.

 If you have old Philippine banknotes that you would like to be appraised, email me at lumang.gamit@yahoo.com 

97 comments:

  1. One of the collection I wish to expand. Have some of old bills and coins but not complete.

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    1. Hi gud day. I have a half peso bill president signed carlos p. Garcia. How mch is the value? Pls. Txt me at 09436135603

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    2. hi! I got 2 "the japanese government" bill printed 1942. If interested, text me at 09234711850

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    3. i have plenty of 100 pesos Japanese Government money. you want to buy 09331038990

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  2. Hi, kindly visit our new page. We buy and sell banknotes, coins, medals and stamps either Philippine or worldwide. We are always on the look out for any opportunity to acquire items for our personal collections. Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Currency-Store/192130467472416

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    1. hi. im selling lots of worldwide currencies. just text me 09051727136. thanks

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    2. Hi I have an old bill paper money 20 peso year 1948 would you like 2 buy it

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    3. I have victory paper bill, 2, 5, and 20 pesos series of 1944. How much do you offer?

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    4. @ Anonymous*** my father gave his coin collection from the Spanish to Japanese and American Era

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    5. Salamat po sa site na ito napakauseful :)
      -bogz

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    6. i have 5 pesos 1933 women philippine bill how much do you offer text me 09489706511

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    7. Hi gud day. I have a half peso bill president signed carlos p. Garcia. How mch is the value? Pls. Txt me at 09436135603

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  3. i have a philippine 5 centavos currency 1949 edition. i am selling it. contact me at 09297636444

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  4. The 5 centavos is worth around 10 - 40 pesos depending on the condition and signature combination.

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  6. Hi! if you have time may we invite you to the events for
    The launching of the Centennial Commemorative Bills
    and Centennial Commemorative Stamps on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at 2:00 pm.


    Venue: RSVP:
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    Dress Code: Business Attire (for non Masons)
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    Please reply before 06 October 2012

    Note: Commemorative Bills & Stamps are available for sale during the event.

    Thank you and God bless!

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  7. I buy and sell banknotes, coins and stamps
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    1. how much 2peso 1949 bagong lipunan
      1peso 1942 Bohol currency
      5peso 1942 neg. occ. currency
      5peso the Japanese government bill.

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    2. if you are interested to buy banknotes i had year 1949 20 cents, 5 peso, 100 peso,10 peso and 2 peso.. and also coins 1 nd 2 peso coin both 1985, 1 peso 1974, 5cents 1964, 25cents 1981. tnx.. juz txt me at 09497764946

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  8. interested to buy my THAILAND SPECIMEN 60 BAHT P-116 KING 60 YEAR REIGN 2006 BANKNOTE IN FOLDER txt me 09359988358

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  9. hi,i got a mint condition Pres.Ramos 100 peso bill with an incomplete printing on one side..perfectly legal tender,,i need help in assesing its value..09165177462...thanks

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  10. Hello! I have an old Philippine money but it's not a coin though. It's a 20 peso bill from 1949-Diosdado Macapagal as president. Would you know how much it's value is? Thank you.

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    1. Hi I'm norman I got 20pesos old money..1949 contact my #09228796061

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  11. I am selling my old coin collection 1 peso 1974, 50 cents 1972, 25 cents 1962/1964/1966/1971, i also have foreign currency old coins, Phil. old bills, comemorative coins and medal, uncut 10 peso bill. Interested Buyer pls text me 0926.6918434

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  12. Hello!! I have an old philippine money but it's not a coin though. It's a 20 peso bill from 1949-Diosdado Macapagal as president.Would you know how much it's value? If you interested please contact my #09228796061.. that's all. Tnank you..

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  13. i have an old 1949 phil. 20 centavos paper money.any interested buyer pls contact me #09124951811..tnx

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  14. Hello!! I have an old philippine money but it's not a coin though. It's a 20 peso bill from 1949-Diosdado Macapagal as president.Would you know how much it's value? If you interested please contact my #09488756822.. that's all. Tnank you..

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  15. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR OLD PESO BILL PAPER?
    I GOT 1949 PAPER BILLS
    1 PESO PAPER - MABINI
    2 PESO PAPER - RIZAL
    10 PESO PAPER - 3 FATHER
    20 PESO PAPER - BONIFACIO
    50 PESO PAPER - LUNA
    100 PESO PAPER - SORA
    200 PESO PAPER - QUEZON
    500 PESO PAPER - ROXAS

    CALL OR TEXT ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED 09166677911

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  16. hello! I have a 2 pesos bill(1949),i just like to know kung how much is the value of it? tnx

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  17. I have an old philippine ten peso bill japanese goverment. Those who are intersted u can reach my cp# 09263819237

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  18. I would like to buy any Spanish era bills or coins from the philippines. Pls txt me 09063971217 tnx

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  19. I have a 5 peso and 1 peso bill japanese government. Interested just text me09158934349.

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  20. Who can help me with the names of the signatures on the 1917 emergency notes ?
    Thanks for helping wnkeijzers@hotmail.com

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  21. hi Im sharmaine i got 100 peso bill Japanese government just text me 09127308833.

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  22. I have an uncut 1949 P10 bill, how much is it worth? Pls text 09223216185

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  23. i have a 1949 5 centavos bill, 20 centavos bill and 50 centavos bill. interested txt 09239571443

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  24. i have 1922 1 peso bill, how much it is ?? interested txt 09156136415

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  25. hello i hve here a 100 peso philippine money under japanese government.. just want to know how much the value is.. my no.is 09323807444

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  26. Hi I'm selling my P2000 paper bill (limited edition) .. issued only 300,000 pieces of this 216mm x 133mm 2,000 Piso centennial commemorative legal tender banknote.( i have one. this was given by my aunt who's working in Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. How much is your offer? send me an emal if you're interested thanks! babydoll6795@gmail.com

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  27. i have a 1919 5 peso bill and a 1918 50 peso bill. front side looks like a dollar. anybody who is interested kindly tx me at 09232119612. this is a rush sale

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  28. Hi my name is Rennelle Lara Maliksi are you interested in buying my 1949 1 Peso Bill I have two of them but the other one is vandalized how much can you offer? Tnx in the future... I'm only interested in meet ups. I'm from Silang Cavite.

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    1. By the way my E-mail is rennellemaliksi@gmail.com

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  29. Hi I have a lots of old 1949 peso bill and I want to sell it contact me for info 09351946928

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  30. hello po.meron po akong 2 pesos series of 1924 ni rizal po . just text me 09301130406 if interested po kayo.

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  31. I have found the infamous Mickey Mouse money in 1 peso...lots of it. I am selling it. If interested please call me at 09261939685.

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  32. i have old different currency more or less 15 countries, here is my number 09212164338 https://www.facebook.com/philip.bello2/media_set?set=a.10201571248735535.1073741850.1007160363&type=3

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  33. Thanks for the information about the auctions very helpful. http://www.policeauctions.com/

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  34. hi, i have japanese peso money for sale (1, 5, 10 and 100) contact me @09329383994. txt ur intention.

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  35. greetings!

    I am selling my 1949 paper money, two peso bill.
    price is negotiable. for details and transaction
    email me at bacanipam@yahoo.com or text me 0909 8525 482

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  36. I am selling my 1949 paper money, two peso bill.
    and two dollars. for details and transaction email me @ annesky1089@gmail.com or text me 09083667359

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  37. hi I am selling a phil. old coins starting from an 1960's coin, i also have an paper money...u can send an email at simple_leizyl@yahoo.com u can also text me at 09213874687.

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  38. hi I am selling a phil. old coins starting from an 1960's coin, i also have an paper money...u can send an email at simple_leysel@yahoo.com u can also text me at 09213874687.

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  39. Hi im kevin, i have world war 2 japanese goverment 10pesos 1pc. If ur interested here is my # 09264034335. Epzie03@gmail.com tnx.

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  40. hi im aldrin i have world war japanese goverment ten peso bill "mickey mouse money" 1pc if u interested txt me 09158030702 im from bulacan

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  41. IM SELLING 5 AND 10 PESO BILL UNCUT, 8 PCS. EACH.#09305986672- JC

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    1. just want to clarify is it a 8pc uncut for both denomination? is it possible for u to email the pix to toylandstuff@yahoo.com thanks

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  42. IM SELLING 500 COIN 1949 - 1999,ISSUE LIMIT - 5000PCS WORLDWIDE. # 09305986672 - JC

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  43. Hi my name is neil. interested in buying my 1949 1 Peso Bill I have two of them and two pesos 1949 bill how much can you offer? I'm only interested in meet ups. I'm from imus cavite. mobile #: 09278676895

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  44. hi, I would like to know if the old 100 peso bill which has a mark of the celebration of University of the Philippines Centennial celebration a collectible? email me @ eizenxer@yahoo.com.ph for those interested

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  45. hi i have 1949 10 centavo bill. just text me 09331593437 if interested. thanks

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  46. hi i have twenty peso bill .. 1949 diosdado macapagal president if interested please txt me ...09087339485 thx..

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  47. Hello!I hve 2 pesos paper bill(1949)hw much cn u offer?txt me 09339926932 tnx.

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  48. If u are interested with my the japanese government bill..just pm me09262376637

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  49. Hi my name is Gia. I am selling my old coins and The Japanese Gov't money.

    1938 US/PH
    1945 US/PH 5c
    1958 1c
    1962 25c
    1970, 72, 75
    1964 50c
    1966 50c
    Japanese Gov bill - 1Pesos, 5pesos, 10Pesos(2pcs)
    Bagong Lipunan 2Pesos and 5pesos

    kindly text me to this number if interested. 0916-4396-187/0906-3746-868
    or pm me on facebook.
    facebook.com/giashutterbug

    SURE BUYERS ONLY. THANK YOU

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  50. Hi.i have 20 centavos paper bil 1949、carlos garcia is the president.how much can u offer?txt me 09484479700。naga city

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  51. hi, I have 2 piso bagong lipunan 1949, 1 piso bill 1942 series (bohol currency), 5 piso bill 1942 series (negros occ. currency),and 5 peso the Japanese government bill. if you interested just call or tx me 09328634928.

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  52. I have 1 (one) Two Peso Bill Jose Rizal Bagong Lipunan yr 1949, email me your offer mrmbawalan23@gmail.com lived in Las Piñas

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  53. i have japanes war notes 50cents and 10 peso, if you want to buy it just P.M me here https://www.facebook.com/garongjaos

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  54. I have 18pcs of 100 pesos bill of mickey mouse money txt me if interested 09053576376

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  55. i have 1949 2 peso bill notes and quite a lot of them in very good condition give me a ring 0927 370 2689

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  56. hi meron akong 5000 djibouti francs paper bill, sino interesado?

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  57. hi po im selling my 1949 banknotes.. and i also had coins.. txt me if youre interested.. tnx.. 09497764946

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  58. hi , im lhykz have a banknotes : denomination : 2000 - senternaryong salapi 1898-1998. w/ BSP CERTIFICATE OF ISSUANCE. PLS. CONTACT ME 0912 3396801 .

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  59. i have 1944 old one centavo coin and 1967 libertycoin if u willing to buy txt me to my number 09434934114















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  60. hello po good morning meron po akon old 500 bill from the japanese era... how much is it worth po kya ?txt me po 09179547298

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    1. hi i am interrsted in selling the 500 peso bill that i have that was from the japansese government i also want to know its value text me at my number above

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  61. Selling my 100k USD bill.

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  62. Im selling japaness goverment ..mrami rin at iba iba ang amount...text me 09484885819

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  63. Txt me for old money or mickey mouse money...im selling...txt me 09484885819

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  64. Hi, I have 1 peso Mabini 1949 paper bill and I'm selling it. If interested, kindly contact me 09361210985

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  65. hi im selling my old peso bill,1949 bank note.
    1 peso bill-j.p rizal
    1 peso bill- mabini
    10 peso bill. mabini
    20 peso bill, quezon
    50 peso bill,osmeña
    txt me 09361812371

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  66. hi im selling my old peso bill,1949 bank note.
    1 peso bill-j.p rizal
    1 peso bill- mabini
    10 peso bill. mabini
    20 peso bill, quezon
    50 peso bill,osmeña
    txt me 09361812371

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  67. hello there. i got old coins, commemorative coins, stamps and bills. im selling them all.
    i might have what you need.
    09166488168

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  68. hello there. i got old coins, commemorative coins, stamps and bills. im selling them all.
    i might have what you need.
    09166488168

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  69. Hello sir, i got legit money from commonwealth of the philippines and america 5peso bill

    Here is my number
    09051355650

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  70. how much is the value of 2 peso bill ? Jose Rizal edition .. Who wants to buy ? Text me .

    09173671253

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  71. hello i have 1949 2 peso billnotes 50 pcs of them kept in very good condition give me a ring if you're interested 0927 370 2689

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  72. Hello I have a 2 peso bill from the Marcos era, bagong lipunan edition, I just want to know how much it is worth and where do I sell it? Contact me 09164231749, thanks in advance :)

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  73. hi im cris i have 5,10,20,50 centavo bills and 1 peso bill. and lots of old coins i want to sell this but in a reasonable price how much is your offer? this is my contact 09483812350

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  74. where selling our 5pesos emilio aguinaldo bill, how much per piece? 09268892533

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  75. hi my number is i have a five peso japanese bill 1943 how much is this

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  76. How much for uncut paper bill 10php

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  77. I have plenty of "THE JAPANESE GOVERMENT TEN PESOS AND FIVE PESOS BILL and i want to sell it call or txt me 09081081828

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  78. Hi mr kollecktor ask ko lng magkano bili nyo ng 1906 one peso silver coins filipinas?call or txt me 09061113313 meron ako.

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  79. Anu boss nakita mo image ng 1906 ko? Magkano kuha mo?

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  80. i have a 2peso paper bill, signed by marcos, i'm selling it,

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  81. i have a 120 pcs of 1 peso old coin dated 1972 and 1974 any interested buyer txt me mnla area 09169878354

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