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Know what's new about the 1000-PISO note

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas started to issue on July 9, 2001 the new 1000-piso notes bearing the signatures of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Governor Rafael B. Buenaventura. The new 1000-piso notes have enhanced/added security features which make the notes easier to recognize as genuine and more secure against advancing technology used for counterfeiting.

The new 1000-piso note is printed on a special kind of paper in two versions with red and blue security fibers which is rough to the touch and does not react under an ultra-violet light.
To distinguish the genuine 1000-Piso note from the counterfeit, familiarize yourself with the following features.

Elements which remain the same in all versions, inclusive of existing old 1000-piso note:

  1. Portrait The composite portrait of Josefa Llanes Escoda, Jose Abad Santos and Vicente Lim appears clean and “life-like”, stands out from the background and made up of well-defined lines.
  2. Watermark View through the light the composite portrait of Josefa Llanes Escoda, Jose Abad Santos, and Vicente Lim which sharply appears as a shadow on the clear field area from either side of the note. The contours of its features can be felt by running the fingers over it.
  3. Microprinting Verify under the lens, the presence of the finely printed words “Central Bank of the Philippines” in repeated pattern at the lower left side of the face of the note.
  4. Security Fibers Red and blue fibers embedded at random at the face and back of the note and can be picked off by a pointed instrument. They are luminous under an ultra-violet light.
  5. Embedded Security Thread Vertically embedded in, off center of the note which appears as a continuous line only, when viewed through a transmitted light from either side of the note.
  6. Serial Number Composed of 1 or 2 prefix letters and 6 or 7 digits. The letters and numerals are uniform in size and thickness; evenly spaced and well-aligned. They glow under an ultra-violet light
  7. Background and Lacework Design Look closely at the multi-colored prints behind the portrait. These are composed of sharp and well-defined lines. The lacework designs near the top and bottom borders are made up of fine, web-like crisscrossing lines that are continuous and traceable even at the intersection.
  8. Color Multi-colored but predominantly blue.
  9. Fluorescent Printing The 1000 numeral off center on the face of the note seen only under an ultra-violet light in a glowing neon green color.
  10. Improved Optically Variable Ink (OVI) The numeral 1000 located at the lower left corner of the face of the note changes in color from green to blue or blue to green depending on the angle of the view.

    This feature is also present in the existing 1000-piso note in circulation but lighter in shade and the color changes from green to gray; gray to blue or vice versa.
  11. Iridescent Band A glistening gold colored vertical stripe 10 mm wide with the figure 1000 repeatedly printed throughout the length of the band. Appears only in Version 2.
  12. Windowed Colorshift with Cleartext Security Thread A 1.4 mm security thread vertically located like “stitches” at the face of the note, changes in color from magenta to green or green to magenta depending on the angle of view, with cleartext “1000” . Appears only in Version 2.

In case you get hold of a doubtful 1000-Piso note please contact the Cash Department, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for assistance at the following address/telephone number/fax number or e-mail:

Currency Analysis and Redemption Division
Room 202, Multi-Storey Bldg., BSP Complex Malate, Manila
( 524-7011 local 2296 DL 524-2777)

Investigation Staff
Room 302, Multi-Storey Bldg., BSP Complex , Malate, Manila
( 524-7011 local 2388 DL 523-9806)
Fax Number : 536-6007
E-mail Address: macruz@bsp.gov.ph


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