The First Largest Banknote

100,000 Philippine pesos

When we talk of largest, we could obviously be talking of the size or dimension of something. Yes! We are talking of the largest banknote of the world ever issued by any country. Banknote by nature tend to be of  pocket friendly size for the ease of storing and carrying it in our pockets. These large sized banknotes are intended as a commemoration specially issued in limited quantities for a limited time to honor or feature someone or something. And so it follows that the world’s largest banknote are not intended for practical everyday use.

This banknote is slightly larger than the A-4 sized sheet of a legal paper having dimensions of 22 cm by 33 cm printed by the Philippine government in 1998 is claimed to be the largest piece of paper money in the world. It was issued by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to commemorate the 100 years of Philippine independence from Spanish rule in year 1998.  

The observe of the banknote features “Sigaw ng Himagsikan”, a scene that brings to mind the struggle for independence and the cry of defiance against Spanish tyranny by Andres Bonifacio and his Katipunero on 24 August 1896.

The reverse of the banknote features the glorious and triumphant scene of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo on 12 June 1898 in Kawit, Cavite. It was on this occasion that the Philippine flag, made by Marcela Agoncillo, was unfurled while the national anthem, composed by Julian Felipe, was played.

Only 1000 pieces were printed and was put to sale for 80,000 pesos more than it’s face value.  It was recorded as the biggest note during that time in the Guiness Book of World Records. Now the Malaysian 600 ringgit has taken over the place of largest legal tender banknote with size slightly larger than Philippine 100,000 pesos on which we will discuss about in later articles.


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