BSP releases ‘Yaman’ Numismatic Book

BSP Photo

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has unveiled its latest publication on cultural heritage titled, “Yaman: History and Heritage in Philippine Money.”

The coffee table book highlights the numismatic collection of the BSP and feature stories from piloncitos—considered the earliest form of coinage in the Philippines—all the way to the present-day New Generation Currency.

“Isinasapuso ng Yaman ang kasabihang ‘ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.’ As we move more and more toward a cash-lite society, the banknotes and coins that we feature in Yaman will remain curators of our history and custodians of our national identity,” said BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno.

Distinguished historian Ambeth Ocampo authored the book in collaboration with renowned photographer Wig Tysmans who captured the curated pieces that highlight the country’s rich numismatic heritage.

Consistent with BSP’s advocacy to promote cultural awareness and bring it closer to the people, complimentary copies will be given to libraries all over the country. The 400-page hardbound book is sold at P6,500.

Also available are two other books on BSP’s extensive cultural heritage collections: “Likha: Enduring Legacies of Filipino Artistry” (P6,000) and “Tanaw: Perspectives on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Painting Collection” (P3,750).  For details, visit www.bsp.gov.ph or e-mail bspstore@bsp.gov.ph.

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