Monday, August 17, 2009
Thailand: New Series 1 Baht Circulation Coin details
1 Baht coins account for 70% of the total 17 billion coins in circulation. To reduce production costs, new series coins made of Nickel-clad steel (rather than Cupro-nickel) were launched in Jul 2009. They are lighter by 0.4g as well.
The obverse has been updated with a more recent potrait of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The reverse has several noticeable differences as highlighted below.
On left is New Series and on right is older series (Y#183).
Thai and Arabic numeral:
Arabic number 1 is significantly taller than the Thai word for Baht "บาท". Thai number 1 (๑) also has a bigger starting head.
Chedi or Stupa:
Number of rings between the square base and the hemisperical dome in the new coins are one less than the older series.
The Ubosot (ordination hall) roof finials have different lengths and distance separating them.