PH sets new record for longest line of coins

by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Dec 01 2011 07:07 PM | Updated as of Dec 02 2011 07:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines on Thursday finished creating a 73.02-kilometer line of 25 centavo coins, setting a new world record for the longest line of single-denominated coins.

Geodetic engineer Erick Medrano confirmed that the long line of coins at the Quirino Grandstand grounds measured 73.02 kilometers, beating the current Guinness World Record of 64.88 km held by a community in Fort Scott, Kansas since 2008.

Medrano was one of the engineers who inspected the line of coins to see if it complied with the standards of the Guinness World Record. 

He and the other independent auditors will sign a certification, which will be submitted, along with other documents, to the Guinness World Records for official confirmation of the new world record.  

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Officers' Club and Employees Association and the Kabayanihan Foundation organized the event "Barya ng mga Bayani: The Power of Small Change," as a way to encourage the recirculation of coins and to raise funds for building classrooms for public schools. 

Filipinos donated over 3.5 million 25-centavo coins that were used to create the "longest line of coins." 

The event started on Wednesday morning, with BSP employees, students, families and other volunteers helping out. But the process of placing the 25-centavo coins on strips of scotch tape and then laying them on the ground, took longer than expected. This prompted organizers to extend the event to Thursday. The line of coins was finally finished by Thursday afternoon. 

BSP officials said the event was successful in getting coins back in circulation amid a coin shortage. They estimate the event would save the government some P3 million to P5 million, since it would not have to produce new coins.