U.S. Philippines 10 Centavo 1945-D MS 66 NGC
Superb Gem. Well struck. Pleasing surfaces. Lustrous. NGC has certified 27 coins at this level with 16 finer. The island nation of the Philippines was a war prize territory for the United States following the defeat of the Spanish in the 1898 Spanish-American War. Up until that point the Philippines had been a colony of Spain for nearly 300 years. In 1903 both the Philadelphia and the San Francisco Mints began making coins for the Philippines. The Philadelphia coins bear no mintmark; however those of San Francisco display a small S. In July of 1920 a satellite Mint was opened in Manila, the only such Mint opened in any territory of the United States. The coins minted at Manila bear an M mintmark. With the exception of the years 1944-1945 all coins from 1925 onward bear the M mintmark for Manila. In 1944 coins were minted at Denver for the Philippines and these coins bear a D mintmark. This coin is from the "Just Having Fun" collection.