LOOK: BSP unveils updated 5-peso coins

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) — From pale gold to silver, the new P5 coins will have an updated look.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Wednesday unveiled the new P5 coins that will be circulated starting December 2017. It will be released as part of the New Generation Currency (NGC) Coin Series.

On one side, the silver coin will feature Andres Bonifacio. The release comes a day before the hero's 154th birth anniversary. The Father of the Philippine revolution's portrait is etched on the obverse of the coin, along with the markings, "ANDRES BONIFACIO."

The pale gold P5 coin in current circulation features first Philippine President Emilio Aguinaldo.

The other side of the new P5 coin features the Tayabak, a Philippine endemic plant that climbs tall forest trees.

Aside from the aesthetic, the NGC Coin Series adopts the latest technology in minting coins. The security features of the NGC Coin Series are enhanced to deter counterfeiting and improve wear and corrosion resistance capabilities.

Coins in the NGC Series will feature the BSP logo, national heroes and endemic flora, consistent with the design of the NGC Banknote Series, launched in 2010, which also highlights Philippine fauna.

The rest of the denominations of the NGC Coin Series will be released by the BSP for circulation in January 2018.