Bonjour. Mabuhay.

I’m sure by now you are well aware of the new Peso bills circulating around specially with the holiday rush just around the corner.

Here are some information on the new Philippine money so we would all be familiar with it:


STUDY and FAMILIARIZE yourself with the characteristics, designs and distinct features of BSP banknotes by following these steps:

Feel the paper – The genuine note is printed on a special kind of paper which is rough when you run your fingers through it. It does not glow under the ultra-violet light. During paper manufacture, the watermark,
security fibers, security threads and iridescent band are included.

Examine the watermark on the unprinted portion of the note
– The watermark is the silhouette of the portrait appearing on the face of the note. Sharp details of the light and shadow effect can be seen when the note is viewed against the light. The contours of the features
of the silhouette can be felt by running the fingers over the design on relatively new notes.

Inspect the security fibers – Embedded red and blue visible fibers are scattered at random on both surfaces of a genuine note and can be readily picked off by means of any pointed instrument.

View the embedded security thread – The embedded security thread is a special thread vertically implanted off center of the note during paper manufacture. This can easily be seen when the note is viewed against the light. It appears as a broken line for 5’s, 10’s and 20’s and straight line for 50’s, 100’s, 200’s , 500’s and 1000’s.

View the windowed security thread on the improved version of 100’s, 500’s and 1000-peso notes and the new 200-peso notes.
– The windowed security thread is a narrow security thread vertically located like “stitches” at the face of the note with clear text of the numerical value in repeated sequence and changes in color from magenta to
green or green to magenta depending on the angle of view.

Look for the iridescent band on the improved version of 100’s, 500’s and 1000-peso notes and the new 200-peso notes – A wide glistening gold vertical stripe with the numerical value printed in series.

Recognize the portrait – Appears life-like. The eyes “sparkle”.
Shadings are formed by the fine lines that give the portrait a characteristic facial expression which is extremely difficult to replicate.


Check the serial number – Composed of 1 or 2 prefix letters and 6 or 7 digits. The letters and numerals are uniform in size and thickness, evenly spaced and well-aligned; and glow under the ultra-violet light. A banknote with six “0” digit serial number is a specimen note and not legal tender note.

Scan the background/lacework design – The background designs are made up of multicolored and well defined lines. The lacework designs are composed of web-crisscrossing lines which are continuous and traceable even at the intersection.

Verify the vignette – The lines and dashes composing the vignette are fine, distinct and sharp; the varying color tone gives a vivid look to the picture that makes it “stand out” of the paper.

Check the numerals found at the four corners of the front and back of the note. The numerals denote the denomination of the note.

Recognize predominant color of each denomination:
1000-peso Blue 50-peso Red
500-peso Yellow 20-peso Orange
200-peso Green 10-peso* Brown
100-peso Mauve 5-peso* Green
*The BSP has stopped printing these banknotes and are
being replaced by coins; however, the existing 10- and 5-
piso notes remain legal tender.

Look for the presence of the fluorescent print when the note is exposed under the ultra violet light – The fluorescent print is the invisible numerical value located off center of the face of the note that glows when exposed to ultraviolet light.

Verify under the lens the presence of the microprinting on the denominations 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 – Microprintings are the minute and finely printed words “Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas” or “Central Bank of the Philippines” located at the face or back of the note that are clearly printed and readable.

Check the concealed value on the 500-peso denomination – This concealed value is located at the lower left corner of the face of the note and is recognizable when the note is held at eye level.

Check the optically variable ink on the 1000-peso denomination
– It changes color from green to blue or blue to green when the note is held at different angles.

Now you know. Enjoy the Holidays🙂