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How to Determine if Your New Philippine Peso Bills are Fake or Genuine?
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Are you amaze and surprise with the release of the latest or new Philippine Peso Bills? The release was officially launched on December 2010. But did you consider to investigate the security features of these newly made Philippine money? I bet you didn't. To determine whether the new Philippine money you exchange or use is a fake or genuine, it's  very useful to know its uniqueness and more-added security features.


As a Filipino, every peso, every note is a testament to our hard work. That is why Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) have taken great measures to make sure the money we used is genuine.

A New Philippine Peso Bill handed to someone



The Philippine Banknote (or Philippine Peso Bill) underscores the need to be current in the use of new technology to enhance on banknotes security features and to remain steps ahead of counterfeiters. At all times, BSP protects the integrity of the Philippine currency. This is the reason why BSP develops new designs and upgrades the security features of all Philippine banknotes.

Corazon Aquino drawn for New Philippine Peso Bill
Former President Corazon Aquino was being drawn for the New 500 Peso Bill design


A photo editor software is used to edit the Philippine New Peso Bills designs
A photo editing software was used to edit the design of the New Philippine Peso Bills



The new generation Philippine banknotes incorporates the latest available technology in banknotes security. The New Philippine banknotes or peso bills are not smooth but a little bit rough to touch because they are made of cotton and Philippine Abaca.

New Philippine Peso Bills are little bit rough to touch

New Philippine Peso Bills are made of cotton and Philippine abaca



The serial numbers of the new Philippine Peso bills are composed of one or two prefix letters and six to seven digit in asymmetric or increasing size.

New Philippine Peso Bills serial numbers



Red and blue fibers embedded in the banknote paper glow under ultra violet light. You can see this glow when you use a money detector device.

Red and Blue fibers glow in New Philippine Peso Bills
Notice  the glow of the red and blue fibers under ultra violet light



The watermark shows the shadow image of the portrait and the banknote's denomination on the blank space when viewed against the light from either side of the note.

New Philippine Peso Bill Watermark

Denominatioon appears in the watermark of the peso bill
Denomination appears on the watermark beside the shadow image.



The word Filipino written in Philippine ancient "Baybayin" alphabet can be seen in its complete form when banknote is viewed against the light.

Filipino word in Baybayin Alphabet printed in the new Philippine Peso Bill



When the banknote is rotated in 45 degrees and tilted downwards, a concealed denominational value can be seen super-embossed on the smaller version of the portrait.

Concealed Denominational Value of the new Philippine Peso Bill



Viewed against the light, both the 20 peso and the 50 peso notes have embedded 2mm wide Security Threads that can be seen with the banknote is held against the light.

Security Thread of the New Philippine Peso Bills



A 4mm wide stitch-like metallic security thread can be seen in 100, 200, 500 and 1000 peso notes.

Metallic Security Thread in 100 Peso Bill

4mm stitch-like metallic security thread in 200 peso bill

4mm metallic stitch-like security thread of 500 peso bill

4mm metallic stitch-like security thread of 1000 peso bill



Viewed from different angles, the color of the 4mm wide metallic security thread changes from red to green.

Metallic security thread changes to color red

Metallic Security Thread changes color to green



The front of the thread carries in clear text the initials of the BSP together with the numeric denomination in repeated series.

BSP initials appears in the front of the security thread

Numeric denomination appears in front of security thread



Likewise at the back of the security thread is printed the initials of the BSP in repeated series.

BSP initials printed at the back of the security thread



The 500 and 1000 peso bank notes now have the optically variable device patch, reflective foil.

Reflective foil device patch in peso bill

Optically Variable Device Patch in 500 and 1000 pesos



For the 500 peso, the reflective coil bares the image of the small BSP logo and the Blue-naped Parrot.

500 Peso bill reflective foil



While the 1000 peso bill, the reflective coil carries the image of the small BSP logo and the south-sea pearl.

1000 peso bill reflective coil


The reflective coil patches changes its color from red to green when the note (peso bill) is rotated 90 degrees.


A security feature exclusive for the 1000 peso bill is the optically variable ink for the embossed denomination value on the lower right corner of the face of the bill. It changes color from green to blue when viewed from different angles.

1000 embossed denomination value



All these security features are in the Philippine banknotes (peso bills) to make it difficult for counterfeiters to copy but easier for the public to identify what is genuine and what is not.

New Philippine Peso Bills Security Features


Take some time to get to know the security features of the new Philippine money, new banknotes. A combination of the familiar and the new. They celebrate the values the Filipinos aspire for. The Filipinos' creativity and heroism as a vision, and the God-given natural wonders. The Philippine money, the new generation Philippine banknotes, national symbols that make the Filipinos proud as Filipinos.

Reference: www.bsp.gov.ph

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20 Shayne Teofilo • 6:28 AM, 19-September-2014
I am having a difficulty in identifying the concealed denominational value. :(
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19 Marjon Giangan • 4:49 PM, 23-August-2014
Very Helpful Thank you.
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18 Lord Snowden • 4:56 PM, 26-April-2013
Please, explain why it's better to say counterfeit than fake. I don't see the difference except that maybe the longer word makes you sound more important.
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17 mattt raider • 9:25 PM, 02-March-2013
thanks it helps hehe :D
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16 jonel • 9:23 AM, 23-January-2013
thank you sa information
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15 7+7 • 3:37 PM, 27-November-2012
the word fake is not appropriate word or term in describing money that is not genuine..The best term that we gould use is COUNTERFEIT MONEY..
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14 lala • 12:33 PM, 16-October-2012
thank you for informing us :)
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13 Smile :* • 8:37 PM, 10-July-2012
It's good we're aware.. we have money detector HOHO!
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12 admin • 6:36 AM, 08-July-2012
It taught him/her a lesson on how to carefully check a genuine or fake money.
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10 rubi • 0:49 AM, 08-July-2012
yesterday I've found out a fake money 200 peso bill.. You know what. There's no difference on the new money and it's very difficult to distinguish whether it's fake or not.
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11 admin • 6:35 AM, 08-July-2012
Better to use a money detector device. What counterfeiters usually make are the 200 peso bills. I was also a victim of fake 200-peso bill many times.
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9 irene • 1:13 PM, 12-June-2012
wow!!!!now i know
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8 ekim • 3:44 PM, 25-May-2012
I have been a victim of fake 200 peso bill!
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7 sad • 3:54 PM, 09-May-2012
I receive a fake 200 peso bill. They're so bad!
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5 amando • 4:55 PM, 22-February-2012
copy paste ito.galing ito sa bangko sentral ng pilipinas website................................
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6 admin • 10:35 PM, 22-February-2012
amando, BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) has been credited already.
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4 mrjhonBlue • 7:54 AM, 28-December-2011
you make all the changes but the reign doesn't i mean that you create the leaves but not also include the body in which a strong law could make it through.....

law: that would you able to make responsible and dignify your self as a Filipino.
law: that would not clip the money cause it to become old.
law: that also be protect from counter part....
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