With a donation of 3.5 million 25 centavo coins from different sectors including the private sector, a 73.02 kilometer line was made along the grounds of the Quirino Grandstand and made the Philippines the unofficial title holder of the “longest line of coins” in the world.
The attempt was spearheaded by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Officers’ Club and Employees Association and the Kabayanihan Foundation in an event called “Barya ng mga Bayani: The Power of Small Change.” The said event encourages the recirculation of coins and to raise funds for building classrooms for public schools.
The official title holder for the longest line of coins is currently held by a community in Fort Scott, Kansan with a total of 64.88 kilometers and used 3.4 million pieces of 1 cent coins.
Geodetic engineer Erick Medrano, one of the engineers that inspected the line of coins, confirmed that the long line of coins at the Quirino Grandstand grounds measured 73.02 kilometers. He, together with other auditors, will then submit a certification and documents to the Guinness World Records for official confirmation of the world record.
The event started on Wednesday morning, with BSP employees, students, families and other volunteers helping out in lying of the coins. But the process of placing the 25-centavo coins on strips of scotch tape and rain showers by Wednesday took the event longer to accomplish. 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. The collected coins will also be used to construct several classrooms for public elementary schools around the country.