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1909-S Philippine 10 Centavos (San Francisco Mint)

 
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 Posted 11/17/2020  12:41 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add thegrendel to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This one minted at the US Mint in San Francisco, just like the 1909-S VDB penny. The mintage on the 10 centavos coin is 450,000, a bit less than the King of Lincolns. Various estimates of the surviving population of the 1909-S VDB range from about 50,000 to a couple of hundred thousand.
Now, for the 10 centavos coin I'd say the figure would be much lower, maybe even as low as a couple of tens of thousands, or even less. Why? While the S VDB was hoarded and saved right from the beginning, the Philippine coin likely wasn't. And then there is the fact that the Philippines went through a war and an occupation, and in such circumstances collectibles are a low priority, especially items that may not even be recognized as collectible.

This one has several dings, but the detail is F/VF in my estimation. Got it for $5 on eBay. A 1909-S VDB in similar condition, even with corresponding damage would probably go for several hundred. All right, there's more demand for a US coin. But the 10 centavo coin is also a US coin, in a very real sense, since at the time of mintage the Philippines were a US territory and it was minted at the SF mint.


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 Posted 11/17/2020  12:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thegrendel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My bad. It's a 20 centavos coin.
Well, to paraphrase the late, great Everett Dirksen, a centavo here, a centanvo there, pretty soon you're talking real money.
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 Posted 11/18/2020  1:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Now that is a coin that served its Territory/Commonwealth/Nation well!

A fair amount of circulation wear plus more than its fair share of damage/abuse - it took a beating but kept on spending!

Congrats on the addition to your collection. I'm a collector of US/PI coinage as well.







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