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This anting-anting is
a very unique aspect of numismatic that can only be found in the Philippines.
Mostly either made or cast in bronze and brass and rarely in silver or other
precious metals, these amulets mostly appeared during the period of revolution
and Philippine-American War.
Among the amulets,
the silver amulets and those made with other precious metals baffle historians
and numismatic researchers alike because if appeared from nowhere and neither
without recognizable purposes except that it depicts face value in peso.
Studying historical records, the denomination was first introduced in the Philippines during the later reign of Queen
Isabela II of Spain
and it was first introduced in the form of Gold. The “Un Peso” denomination
became acceptable in silver as Spain
slid in political and economic turmoil during the reign of Alfonso XIII when
the one year type “Un Peso” dated 1897 reached the Philippines
during the last years of Spain
in the colony.
Therefore, we know
for a fact that these amulets as most historians agree were first struck during
that same period.
Some numismatists and
local coin dealers suspect that most of these amulets were manufactured in the
Southern Tagalog region particularly in Batangas where there were many silver
smiths during the period and some even argue that it was minted by several
Masonic organizations to commemorate or celebrate an important event.
OBVERSE: Figure of Saint Joseph. Legend reads "UN PESO SAGRADO / S. JOSEP"