The United States Manila Mint: A Type Set of the Coins & Medals of America's Forgotten Mint
Ten Centavos Territorial Reverse (No Mint Mark), 1920 - 1921





Coin Details

Origin/Country: United States
Item Description: SILVER 10C 1921 USA-PHIL KM-169
Full Grade: NGC MS 65
Owner: JAA

Owner Comments:

Mintage: 3,863,000
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.7500
Weight: 2.0000g (30.86 grains)
ASW: 0.0482oz
Diameter: 16.7 mm
Edge: Reeded
Mint Mark: None

When the Manila Mint opened in July 1920 it took over production of Ten Centavo coins for the U.S. Territory of the Philippines. Prior to that time Ten Centavo coins had been manufactured in the continental United States at either the Philadelphia or San Francisco Mints and transported to the Philippines. The Ten Centavos struck at the Manila Mint in 1920 and 1921 used the same obverse and reverse designs as the 1907 - 1919 Ten Centavos and were struck to the same specifications. A notable feature of the 1920(M) and 1921(M) Ten Centavos is that they have no Mint Mark.

The obverse design by Melicio Figueroa features a young Filipino woman standing to the right in a flowing dress while striking an anvil with a hammer held in her right hand, the left hand is raised and holding an olive branch. In the background is a billowing volcano. The reverse design, also by Melicio Figueroa, depicts an eagle with spread wings perched atop an American shield.

NGC Population: 5/0
PCGS Population: 9/2
Combined NGC/PCGS Population: 14/2 (12/01/2013)

This GEMBU specimen has full luster and is a NGC Top Pop coin.

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