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Errors plague new Philippine Peso bill design, strong security features touted by BSP

On December 2010, the Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP) publicly released a new set of completely redesigned Philippine banknotes. Just like the “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” campaign launched by the Department of Tourism only a few months ago, it did not escape the criticism of Filipinos. Within hours many of its flaws were brought out. Among these are:

  • Wrong location of the Underground River in Palawan (500 peso bill)
  • Blue-Naped Parrot’s red beak rendered in yellow, while its tail is rendered in in green instead of yellow (500 peso bill)
  • Missing islands (i.e. Batanes) in the upper region of the Philippine map (1000 peso bill)
  • Wrong location of Saint Paul’s river (500 peso bill)
  • Wrong location of the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park (1000 peso bill)

Amid the graphical mistakes, the new bank notes improves on safety features, such as:

  • Optically variable device used in areas of the 500 and 1000 peso bill which changes colors when the note is rotated at 90 degrees
  • Optically variable ink the 1000 peso bill which changes colors when viewed at different angles
  • Embossed prints that feel rough to touch to assist the vision-impaired
  • Visible security fibers embedded at random and glow under ultraviolet light
  • Shadow image of the portrait which appears when held against the light
  • The word “Pilipino” written in Baybayin becomes visible when held against the light
  • Concealed value of the note becomes visible when held at a 45-degree angle
  • Security thread becomes visible when held against the light

For more detailes, click on the images to view the banknote’s description.

New Generation Currency - 20 New Generation Currency - 20
New Generation Currency - 50 New Generation Currency - 50
New Generation Currency - 100 New Generation Currency - 100
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New Generation Currency - 500 New Generation Currency - 500
New Generation Currency - 1000 New Generation Currency - 1000

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