To commemorate the state and pastoral visit of Pope Francis, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) today announced the issuance of limited edition 50-piso and 500-piso papal coins. Both coins are legal tender and will be sold for P100.00 and P1,000.00, respectively, to cover production, packaging and other costs. The coins are minted under a licensing agreement with the Vatican.
As a matter of policy, the BSP commemorates significant events in our country’s history through the minting of coins, medals or overprints on our banknotes. Papal commemorative coins were also issued for the 1970 visit of Pope Paul VI, and for the 1981 and 1995 papal visits of Pope John Paul II.
The 50-piso Commemorative Coin for Pope Francis is made of Nickel Brass while the 500-piso is made of Nordic Gold with gold plating. Featured on both coins are:
On the obverse:
• The portrait of Pope Francis
• The markings:
o “Republika ng Pilipinas”, “Pope Francis”
o Signature of Pope Francis
o The Denomination
o Yearmark “2015”
o BSP Mint Mark
On the reverse:
• The BSP seal
• The markings:
o “Papal Visit/Philippines”
o Date of Visit “January 15-19, 2015”
o Logo of the Papal Visit 2015
o Mini letters “Mercy and Compassion”
Online Reservation Form for Papal Commemorative Coins
Notice: If you have previously reserved by sending your reservation forms to firstname.lastname@example.org, you need not repeat your order by accomplishing this online form. You may do so, however, if you have additional reservation. Please note that reservation orders generated from the email@example.com account (now deactivated) shall be given priority.