Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Issues Limited Edition Commemorative Coins for the Papal Visit

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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:
To reserve, forms may be downloaded from the BSP website,, and sent to Please wait for a confirmation e-mail with the date when you can pay for and pick up the coins at the BSP. Please note that the coins are not available over the counter. Reservation forms may be submitted only until the end of June 2015.

The 50-Piso and 500-Piso coins will be available beginning the last week of January 2015. 1,000-Piso silver and 10,000-Piso gold Papal commemorative coins will also be available in May 2015.


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