Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Commemorative Banknotes of Thailand

Thailand is one of the most prolific issuers of commemorative banknotes. Between 1987 and 2010, banknotes were issued to commemorate occasions such as the King's birthday, the Queen's birthday, Royal wedding anniversary, the King's accession to the throne, Centennial of Thai banknotes, birthday of Princess Mother and the anniversary of the Ministry of Finance. The commemorative banknotes were offered to the collectors at a premuim price over the face value. The extra money used to fund the King's many charitable projects.

The 60th Anniversary of the Royal Wedding of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit and the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation, Issued May 4, 2010

100-Baht commemorative banknotes are similar in characteristics and size to the 100-Baht banknotes, 15th Series, in curculation.










In the middle part are the portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the reigning monarch, waving his hand, and that of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. On the upper right corner is the Royal Garuda Emblem. Further down is the portrait of His Majesty the King during the coronation, printed in dark red over the elaborate circular design and the Thai art design printed in red, orangish red, orange and blue. Six Phikun floral motifs, printed in orange, are featured on the left of the elaborate circular design.
On the upper left corner is the Privy Seal of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, printed in red over the Thailand’s national flag and the red and blue background design. Further down are the watermarks depicting the portrait of His Majesty the King and the special translucent classical Thai “Prajumyam” design. To the right of the watermarks is one part of the Arabic numerals “100” see-through design, printed in red and green in white circle. Under the watermarks are Thai words and expressions : “We will reign with righteousness, for the benefits and happiness of the Siamese people.”, “The Coronation Speech” and “5th May B.E. 2493”, printed in blue. Below are the background designs, printed in red and blue.


The King's 80th Birthday, Issued November 28, 2007

1-Baht banknote depicts the portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the reigning monarch (Rama IX), the portrait of Their Majesties the King and the Queen granting an audience to various groups of people who paid tribute to His Majesty on the occasion of his coronation in 1950 at the Sutthaisawan Prasat Hall.

5-Baht banknote depicts the portrait of His Majesty in a royal procession by land, marking his 3rd Cycle Birthday Anniversary in 1963.

10-Baht banknote depicts the portrait of His Majesty granting an audience to various groups of people who paid tribute to His Majesty on the Auspicious Occasion of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne in 2006 at the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall.












The reverse side depicts the portraits of His Majesty in his childhood, paying a royal visit, and performing royal activities.




















The 60th Anniversary of His Majesty the King's Accession to the Throne, Issued June 9, 2006

The portrait of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej, seated on the Royal Throne surmounted by the Nine-Tiered Great White Umbrella of State in Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall.








The portrait of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej while performing royal activities, Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam in Nakon Nayok province and His Majesty the King visiting his people.









The Queen's 72nd Birthday, Issued August 4, 2004

The portrait of H.M. the King in the uniform of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and the portrait of H.M. the Queen in Thai Sivalai with tiara.



















The portrait of H.M. the Queen wearing tiara and Thai Chakri.



















The Centennial of Thai Banknotes, Issued September 9, 2002

Their Majesties King Phumibol Adulyadej and King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V) in their regal attire, as the Thai banknotes was issued for the first time during the reign of King Rama V.











Almost identical to 100-Baht banknotes, 1st Series.












The 50th Wedding Anniversary of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit and the Coronation, Issued May 8, 2000

500000-Baht commemorative banknotes, are identical in characteristic and size with 50-Baht commemorative banknotes. Only 1998 pieces of the 500,000 Baht notes were printed.

The portrait of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen SiriKit. The Monograms Phor Por Ror and Sor Kor, the picture of the Cornnation ceremony, the investiture ceremony of Her Majesty the Queen, the Guruda, and a flamboyant motif are supplementary elements.








The picture of Their Majesties the King and Queen during the wedding ceremony presided over by the Queen Grandmother.







































The King's 72th Birthday, Issued November 1, 1999

1000-Baht commemorative banknotes are similar in characteristics and size to the 1000-Baht banknotes, 15th Series, in curculation. The difference is that this type of banknote is affixed with the special Royal Crest commemorating the occasion of His Majesty the King's sixth cycle birthday anniversary celebration of December 5, 1999 in place of the Privy Seal.


















The Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne
, Issued 1996


They are identical in characteristics and size to 500-Baht banknotes, 14th Series, in circulation. The difference lies in that the Privy Seal is substituted by the special Royal Crest in Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne.


















They are similar in characteristics and size to 50-Baht banknote, 13th Series, The differences lie in the fact that this type of banknote was printed on a polymer substrate, and the Krajung design is replaced by the Royal Crest in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty's accession to the Throne.



















The portrait of King Rama IX in regal attire seated on the Rajayan Phudtan Thong Throne.












His Majesty at work with supplementary elements regarding royally initiated projects in various fields.










The 120th Year Celebration of The Ministry of Finance
, Issued April 11, 1995


Commemorative banknotes printed on the auspicious occasion of the 120th celebration of the establishment of the Ministry of Finance, are of 10-Baht denomination. They are identical in characteristics and size to 10 Baht banknotes, 12th Series. The difference lies in the middle of the lower edge of the front of the note which is printed with the legend in brown, The 120th year of the Ministry of Finance, April 14, 1995.



















The 60th Birthday Celebration of H.M. Queen Sirikit
, Issued September 10, 1992


They are identical in characteristics and size to 1000 Baht banknotes, 14th Series, in circulation. The difference lies in the watermark of the portrait of H.M. Queen Sirikit.


















The 90th Birthday of Somdej Phra Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani
(H.R.H. the Princess Mother), Issued October 22, 1990


The banknotes of the two denominations are identical in characteristics and size to 50-Baht and 500-Baht banknotes, 13th Series, in circulation. The differences lie in the watermark of the portrait of H.R.H. the Princess Mother and the electrotype watermark of the number 90 in Thai numerals which is specially translucent. Under the watermark is the legend printed in blue for the 50-Baht commermorative banknotes and purple for the 500-Baht banknotes, Somdej Phra Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani 90 years old.










































The King's 60th Birthday, Issued December 8, 1987

The portait of King Rama IX in the uniform of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, wearing a ceremonial robe, the Pudtan Kanchanasinghas Ceremonial Thone.


















Their Majesties the King and Queen, H.R.H Crown Princess Maha Vajiralongkorn, H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn surround by their subjects.

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