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Highly Sought-After Panay Revolutionary Centavo

This week’s featured highlight from our upcoming official American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money auction, to be held in Rosemont, Illinois from August 13-16, is an extremely rare turn-of-the-century revolutionary issue with few surviving examples.

PHILIPPINES. Panay. Centavo, 1899. NGC AU-55 Brown.

After the Spanish-American War, the Filipinos did not want to trade one monarchy for another.  Revolutionary forces that fought beside the Americans began to turn, and in early 1899 the Philippine-American War began, lasting more than three years until its official conclusion on July 4, 1902. While little is known about this revolution coinage, famed Filipino author and collector Aldo P. Basso states that these are undoubtedly unofficial issues related to the insurgency movement.

The obverse features a helmeted solider with legend “REPUBLICA FILIPINA 1899” around, while the reverse depicts a sun within a triangle and a surrounding legend that reads “UNO CENTAVO PANAY.”  The surfaces on this lovely piece are very well-preserved and showcase a strong strike, full legends and attractive chocolate-colored patina throughout.

This is just one of many fantastic numismatic treasures already consigned to the coming August 2019 ANA auction. The sale will offer a particularly robust offering of Philippines types from the Spanish and American periods, which includes selections from the Ray Czahor collection (Errors and modern Patterns) as well as other coins, paper money and medals. For the collector interested in numismatic relics from this culturally and historically diverse region, this will absolutely be a sale you won’t want to miss. 

We are currently taking consignments of world and ancient coins and world paper money for the August ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction in Rosemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. We are also accepting consignments of Chinese and other Asian coins and currency for our August 19-22, 2019, Hong Kong Showcase Auction. If you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) contact one of our consignment directors today.

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