There have been numerous complaints from netizens confused about the new Php5 and the old Php1 coins
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) unveiled the new design of the Php5 coins in late November last year to coincide with the birth anniversary of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio.
The coin, which was once a dull gold color that featured the country’s first president, Emilio Aguinaldo, has been replaced with a slightly smaller version in metallic silver with Bonifacio’s face and the words “Republika ng Pilipinas” on the obverse side and a Philippine plant called the Tayabak and the BSP logo on the reverse side.
The new design immediately drew criticism for its strong similarities to the Php1 coin. Foremost among these critics was Senator Nancy Binay, who released a statement calling on the BSP to temporarily stop issuing the new coins for supposedly creating confusion among the public.
The BSP responded by defending the design for the new coin, saying it was a necessary move because of unscrupulous individuals who extract the metal content of the old coins.
“The need to enhance the security features of our coins using the latest technology in minting given counterfeiting; the need to change our coins’ metallic composition to discourage acts of illegal extraction of their metal content; and the need to adapt more cost-efficient production processes, provide rationale for the change,” the BSP said.
According to the BSP, the new Php5 coins and the Php1 coins have a few distinct differences:
1. The new Php5 coin is heavier (7.4 grams), thicker (25-millimeters in diameter) and slightly larger than the Php1 coin;
2. The sides of the new Php5 coin’s are smooth, while the Php1 coin has ridges;
3. The two coins have different designs. The Php5 coin is marked with “ANDRES BONIFACIO” and “5 PISO” in the obverse side of the coin.
But judging by reactions by netizens on Twitter, it seems more and more people are proving Sen. Binay right, with many saying they find it really hard to distinguish between the new Php5 and old Php1 coins.
We’ve compiled a few of them here:
So I bought a drink and the old manininda saw me use my phone. She told me this:
“Anak, paki-post naman na nahihirapan kaming matatanda sa bagong limang piso. Ilang beses na akong nawalan kasi hindi ko makita kung piso ba o lima.”
Hey. Can we do something about this? ?
— Darlene Centina (@darlingcentina) February 28, 2018
Nakakaloka naman New Five Peso Coin.. akala ko Piso? pic.twitter.com/iI6cn4xJqc
— Munchin(TeamApple) (@ELM_Munchin) February 21, 2018
Nalilito ka din ba sa Limang Piso at Piso? pic.twitter.com/cXI7c6DF0c
— arjay gura (@arjhaycavs) March 2, 2018
Nalilito rin kaya yung nagdesign ng bagong 5 pesos sa piso at limang piso? Naiinis kaya siya sa sarili niya?
— Tyrabiancs (@biancauyfabia) February 27, 2018
Ako lang ba!? Baka naman pwede niyong ibalik yung dating limang piso yung kulay ginto kasi sobrang nakakalito na talaga! Pakshet! Para wala nang distinction kasi almost the same sa piso!
— mateo (@mateoandreee) February 26, 2018
PUTANGINA TALAGA NG 5 PISO NA BAGO!
10 MIN AKO SA TOLL GATE DAHIL MAGKAKAMUKA UNG PISO SAKA LIMANG PISO AKALA KULANG BAYAD KO
BOBO NG BSP!!
— Paolo (@PaoloFame) February 19, 2018
the new five-peso coin (center) looks and feels strikingly similar with the one-peso coin (right) . i’m guessing that the government, with all the high prices, could be positioning five pesos as the new one peso #inflation pic.twitter.com/vmWjtbhQCp
— Marvin Relente (@marvinrelente) February 11, 2018
ilang beses ko na nababayad as a piso ung limang piso. mamumulubi ako neto eh
— めぐみ (@mingreeys) February 19, 2018
Nasa punto ako ng buhay ko na kung saan nalilito ako sa PISO at bagong LIMANG PISO ngayon!!
— BJORN MENDOZA ? (@imbjornofficial) February 19, 2018
taena ng bagong limang piso mukhang piso. ? mawawalan ako ng pera dahil dyan eh.
— jan? (@jansaeipathy) February 19, 2018
Muntikan ko ng magastos yung bagong limang piso sa tindahan ? bakit kasi silver din tulad ng piso ackk ?
— ally (@alxndrme) February 18, 2018
Sino ba gumawa ng bagong limang piso? Parang ewan lang, parang piso e. Di ko tuloy alam kung tig pipiso yung binayad ko nung nakaraan sa jeep o lima.
— Adornato Reyes (@james_71_515347) February 18, 2018
Which smartass thought itd be a cool idea to do the FIVE PESO coin’s design similar to the fucking one peso? ??♀️
— McBiccé (@ShandeeMcGuire) March 1, 2018
Nakakalito pala talaga. ‘Yung akala mong iba siya sa iba, pero parepareho pala talaga. Char!
— Regina (@regina_tuliao) February 8, 2018
@BangkoSentral can you still reconsider the design of the new five-peso coin? Pareho po kasi ang texture sa one-peso coin. Pati po jeepney drivers at konduktor ng bus nahirapan. Medyo yung size po same din eh. Sorry haba pero hindi ako galit 🙂 https://t.co/gLKkrV7Um1
— genevive estacaan (@gen_estacaan) March 1, 2018
Puta yung tinatago-tago kong bagong five peso coin, naibayad ko akala ko piso waaaaaaaah balik nyo yun naiiyak na ko
— j u n e (@JNSagun) February 24, 2018
This person even reported getting confused between the new Php5 coins and the Php10 coins:
So kanina ang LAKAS LAKAS NG BOSES ko na mag bayad sa jeep “STUDYANTE PO YAN” inulit ulit ko pa kasi lagi na lang kulang ng piso yung sukli sakin. Tas biglang sabi ni Manong sino nagbayad nitong limang piso. shet kala ko 10 pesos binayad ko. Lupa lamunin mo na ko. HUHUHUHU
— D A N (@danilalouis) February 19, 2018