The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has issued a new 10-piso coin for general circulation to commemorate its 8th year anniversary. This is an additional denomination to the current coin series in circulation consisting of 5-piso; 1-piso; 25-sentimo; 10-sentimo; 5-sentimo and 1-sentimo.
The 10-psio is bi-metal, creating a two-color combination with the ring made of cupro-nickel (75% copper and 25% nickel) that surrounds the golden color inner core made of aluminum bronze. It is a little smaller in diameter but thicker than the existing 5-piso coin, making it easily identifiable even by the blind and sight-impaired.
The new coin is also round and intermittently reeded with a diameter 26.5 mm and has the following features:
Profiles of both Andres Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini in a con-joint or in tandem manner. Bonifacio is at the front of Mabini with the words " REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS" inscribed along the periphery of the coin while the year is placed below the profiles.
Seal of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas which is consistent with the common reverse design of the existing six-coin series.
The new 10-PISO coin and the existing 10-PISO banknote, which also features Bonifacio and Mabini, including the 5-PISO note are legal tender and acceptable in daily transactions.