THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) launched on Monday, June 5, 2023, the commemorative coin set for the country’s 125th independence and nationhood anniversary.

The commemorative set includes a 100-, 20- and five- peso coin that represent the 1898 declaration of Philippine independence (100-Piso), the birth of the country’s first republic at the Barasoain Church (20-Piso), and the bravery of the Filipinos who fought for the country’s sovereignty in the Philippine-American War (5-Piso).

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who led the launching, said the establishment of a formal currency by any country is part of the definition of being a sovereign nation.

“And that’s why we have to see it not just a very, very souvenir but really a commemoration of the creation of the Republic of the Philippines. And it’s entirely appropriate that I have never seen coins like this before,” Marcos said.

“That’s what it means. It just doesn’t mean that it is a 125th anniversary of the Independence Day, but it also reminds us how far we have come and the significance of what we have achieved in 125 years,” he added.

BSP Governor Felipe Medalla said they used the latest digital printing technology in developing the limited edition coin set, which features the first colored, non-circulation, commemorative coins produced by the BSP.

The coin set will be sold at the BSP Store

With the theme, “Kalayaan, Kinabukasan, Kasaysayan,” the 125th anniversary of Philippine Independence and Nationhood celebration from 2023 to 2026 is being led by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. (SunStar Philippines)