The United States Manila Mint, Complete
1935M - 5 Centavos (Mintage: 2,754,000)





Coin Details

Origin/Country: United States
Item Description: COPPER-NICKEL 5C 1935 M USA-PHIL KM-175
Full Grade: NGC MS 64
Owner: JAA

Owner Comments:

Copper-Nickel, 75.16 Grains, 4.75 Grams, 19 mm.

The obverse and reverse designs of the 1930 through 1935 Five Centavos is the same as the 1903 through 1928 Five Centavos. In 1907 a rise in the price of silver forced the reduction of the fineness and weight for all Philippine silver issues. The reduced size Twenty Centavos coins of 1907 - 1929 had a diameter of 20mm and were easily confused with the 20.5 mm Five Centavos of 1903 through 1928. This confusion resulted in a mismatching of dies for these two denominations in 1918 and again in 1928. A solution was found by reducing the diameter of the Five Centavos coin to 19 mm beginning in 1930. The reduced size and weight Five Centavos were made at the Manila Mint from 1930 through 1933 and again in 1934 and 1935.

In war time nickel and copper are strategic materials critical to a nations war effort. During the WWII Japanese occupation of the Philippines many pre-war Five Centavos were collected melted down and sent back to Japan.

The 1935 M Five Centavos had a mintage of 2,754,000 coins. The NGC population for the 1935 M Five Centavos in MS64 is three coins with only one coin graded higher. The combined (NGC, PCGS, ANACS) certified population of this coin in MS64 is eleven coins with only four coins graded higher. This specimen is a fully struck, untoned GEM.

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