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1908 USA Philippines One Peso Coin (S Mint)

 

 

Off topic from this blog but i had to share this as coin collecting is such a passion of mine.

It took almost a year to finally find one but today in an Antique store in Atlanta, I finally found a USA – Philippine Peso. First thing I noticed is how heave it is. It feels like a barber half dollar. This is a beautiful coin to add to the collection.

According to PCGS, this coin is The Only Dual-Nationality Coins in U.S. History.

Standard U.S. coinage was not useful for the impoverished Philippines because the denominations were too high. Two years later, in 1903, a dual national coinage (U.S. and the Philippines) was released. These coins were the only coins ever minted that were legal tender in the U.S. and another country.

At first, the coins were minted in Philadelphia and San Francisco (“S” mint mark). Then Denver got into the act on lower-denomination U.S. Philippine coins. Finally, in 1920, the U.S. opened a Mint in Manila, the only U.S. mint ever established outside the U.S. Coins from the Manila Mint carry an “M” mint mark. No collection of U.S. mint marks is complete without this “M” mint mark unique to the U.S. Philippine series.

These coins were denominated in pesos and centavos, and were made to standards which were either identical to those of United States coins or microscopically smaller (0.002%). Yet, the silver dollar-sized peso, legally convertible to U.S. gold and silver coinage, was valued at only 50 cents USD. The 50 centavo was valued at 25 cents, and so forth.

Shutting Down Internet and Cell Service During Pope’s Visit To The Philippines?

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I woke up this morning and saw this post on my Facebook wall.  Reading the comments, it seems that a lot of people were suffering cell phone service outages.  Some even thought that is was due to a fully SIM and were removing and inserting the sim.  This morning, my cousin received this alert from SMART Communications in the Philippines.

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Taken today at 9:00 am Philippine time

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Taken 2:00 pm Manila time.

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Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) – Final

Check back often for updates before, during, and after the typhoon has passed. God be with us all.

I am writing this from manila with regular communication with people in the Visayas region (expected landfall area).

Final Update
12/8/12 11:00 pm EST
Well the typhoon has come and pass and to be honest, it was uneventful in Manila. The city did a really good job in making sure that everyone that needed to be evacuated got the help they needed. The problem now going forward is that some people who evacuated and checked into shelters saw little or no effects from the typhoon. They may be stubborn and not pay attention to future earnings.

Update 5
12/7/14 11:45 pm EST

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Buildings are now covered with rain clouds as compared to previous pics.

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Picture taken 10 mins later. Rain has now completely covered makati.

Update 4
12/7/14 7:35 pm EST

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Worst of the typhoon should be hitting manila in about 12 hours. Was told winds will be around 50-90 kph but rains can be torrential possibly leading to flash floods. If you know manila, you know that will be a certainty. It’s an overcast day. Schools are cancelled today and private sector jobs have the option to cancel today as well (most have).

Update 3
12/6/14 8:55 pm EST

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View of Manila Golf and Country Club from Global City. It’s hot and to be honest people here are not at all worried about the typhoon. They are saying that the the worst of the storm will be arriving tonight.

Update 2
12/6/14 8:36 am EST
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Some are taking this typhoon seriously, most aren’t. We have ballroom dancing at Market Market in Global City as the typhoon makes landfall in Samar. Typhoon is expected to be in our general area within the day.

Give thanks to our lord and savior for sparing this country from devastating forces. The Philippines be blessed.

Update 1
12/5/14 -10:35 pm EST
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Breakfast stroll around Makati at the Salcedo Saturday Market. Lots of people here. No one is worried about the upcoming typhoon around this area.

12/5/14 – 6:15 pm EST
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Well, I certainly picked a good time to have a business trip in Manila. Expecting winds around a 122 mph (197kph) and I am staying on the 16th floor in a condo. I’m flying back to Guam on Monday but based on the Storm track models, that seems to be unlikely. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES. The path of this storm is similar to that of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Paulo Coelho – For My Visitors In Brazil.

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I am amazed at how far reaching this blog has become. I am even more surprised that quite a few readers are from Brazil. This one is for you! You will be surprised at how popular Paulo Coelho is here in the Philippines. Came across this quote and had to use it. What a beautiful and blessed mind. Read more about Paulo here.