Please refer to the list below for more details.
List of Security Features of Banknotes and Coins Philippines1. Feel the paper and embossed prints. The genuine note is printed on a special kind of paper (made of cotton and abaca) using printing techniques that make some details of the note embossed, thus, it is rough when you run your fingers through it. The watermark, security threads and iridescent band (NDS only) were incorporated on the paper during the production process.
2. 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.
3. See-thru Mark. As illustrated, the upper "0" digit of the numerical value on the face of 200-piso NDS note and the "0" digit of the numerical value directly located at the reverse registers perfectly when viewed against the light. This feature can also be found in denominations 10, 20, 50, and the "0" at the middle of 100-piso NDS notes.
4. Inspect the security fibers. Embedded red and blue visible fibers are scattered at random on both surfaces of a genuine note.
5. View the embedded security thread. This ccan easily be seen when the note is viewed against the light. It appears as a broken line in 20-psio NDS note and a straight line in 50 up to 1000-piso NDS notes. For NGC, this embesdded thread is wider and present only in 20 and 50-piso denominations.
6. View the windowed security thread on the improved version of NDS and on the NGC notes particularly the denominations 100's, 200's, 500's and the 1000-piso notes. The windowed security thread appears like "stitches" which is vertically located at the face of the note. For NDS, it is a thin metallic strip that changes in color from magenta to green (and vice versa) that bears a clear text of the numerical value in repeated sequence. For NGC, it is a 4 mm wide metallic thread that changes color from red to green (and vice versa) that bears the initials "BSP" and the numerical value in repeated series.
7. Look for the iridescent band on the improved version of 100's, 200's, 500's, and 1000-piso NDS notes. A wide glistening gold vertical stripe with the numerical value printed in series.
8. Check the serial number. Composed of 1 or 2 prefix letters and 6 or 7 digits. For NDS, the lettters and numerals are uniform in size and thickness, evenly spaced and well-aligned; whereas for the NGC, it is composed of 1 or 2 prefix letters and 6 or 7 asymmetric (increasing in size) digits located at the lower left and upper right corners of the face of the note.
9. Check the concealed value. This concealed value is located at the lower left corner of the face of the 500-piso NDS note and upper left portion of all denominations in the NGC notes that is recognizable only when viewed at the correct angle.
10. Check the optically variable ink (OVI) on the 1000-piso denomination. It changes color from green to blue or blue to green when the note is held at different angles.
11. Optically Variable Device (OVD) Patch. A reflective foll that bears the image of the Blue-naped Parrot for 500-piso, South Sea pearl inside a clam for 1000-piso and a small BSP Logo. The color of the calm and the parrot changes from red to green when the note is rotated at 90 degrees.
12. Sample illustration of common security features of NDS note.
13. Sample illustration of common security features of NGC note.
14. BSP Coin series: Counterfeit vs. Genuine. Generally, genuine coins show an even flow of metallic grains; the details of the profile, the letterings and numerals are well defined; and the "reedings" or "corrugation" on the sides of the coin, if there are any as in 10-piso, 1-piso and 10-sentimo, are deep and even.
15. Genuine 5-piso coins Front design. Counterfeint 5-piso front design. Note: Font of the letterings in counterfeit is bigger than the genuine; the eye is not defined.
16. Genuine 5-piso back design vs Counterfeit 5-piso back design. Note: The logo design appears "bloated or puffy" in the counterfeit.
17. Not all the genuine couns are of the same magnetic characteristics as indicated in the table below. Magnetic characteristics of the BSP circulation coins.
18. The design features of each coin denominations in circulation are summarized below:
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