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QUESTION: I have been able to find the Filipinas 1918 five cantavos with prices and images and even how to clean it. The one thing I can't find is one that looks like mine. Underneath the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" it has the smaller eagle resting on a much more intricate shield. I've only been finding that image on the later coins 1940's etc. Do I have some kind of abnormal coin of is it just too common.

ANSWER: Hi Patrick,
Sorry for the delay in replying to your question. In 1918 there was also a 5 centavos mule variety. Some examples of this coin were made using the reverse of the 20 centavo coin of this year, which was the same size. The normal variety has a narrower shield and the date look large in relation to it. The mule has a wider shield and the date looks quite small compared to it. However what you describe sounds like a completely different shield design rather than just a difference of dimensions.
Is it possible for you to upload pictures of the coin to a follow-up question here?

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QUESTION: Thank you for getting back to me. I've seen the mule coins you are talking about, but it's not that. I don't have the best camera in the world but it gets the point across.

I can't make out the details clearly from the picture, but is there a mint mark to the left of the date? Unless it's an outright fake, it would have to be a 1938 with an altered or damaged 3 in the date. If altered they would probably remove the mint mark too, but if it's honest damage or an error from when it was minted, the mint mark should still be there.

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Dmitry Livshits


My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.


Collector of world coins since early childhood. Access to a variety of auction records and reference material. You can also find me on Facebook.

A.S. in Psychology (2006), B.A. in Forensic Psychology (2008), M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2011).

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