Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thailand: Commemorative coins to be issued in 2010

On 22nd December, the Treasury department of Thailand announced plans for release of commemorative coins during the year 2010.

1. 100 years of Command and General Staff College, Royal Thai Army
a) 10 Baht Bi-metallic coin
Earlier post on this coin can be seen at:

2. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Global Leader Award to HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej
a) 16,000 Baht 99% Gold proof coin to be sold @ 25,000 Baht
b) 800 Baht 99% Silver proof coin to be sold @ 1,400 Baht
c) 20 Baht Cupro-nickel coin
Earlier post on this coin can be seen at:

3. 84th Birthday of HRH Princess Bejaratana
Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi (pronounced Pet-Cha-Rat, born 24 Nov 1925) is the only daughter of late HM King Rama 6. She is a first cousin of current HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama 9).
a) 800 Baht Silver coin to be sold @ 800 Baht
b) 20 Baht Cupro-nickel coin
c) 10 Baht Bi-metallic coin

4. 150th Birthday of HRH Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
HRH Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse was Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Siamese Army during the reign of HM King Rama 5 who was his half-brother. He is also the founder of the Thai postal service.
a) 10 Baht Bi-metallic coin

5. "Father of Thai Trade" title given to HM King Rama 3
On 4th November 2008, the Cabinet of Thailand passed a resolution to felicitate HM King Rama 3 as the Father of Thai Trade.
a) 20 Baht Cupro-nickel coin

6. 150 years of Royal Thai Mint
The Royal Thai Mint was established in 1860, under the Royal Decree of HM King Rama 4, inside the Grand Palace, in the same building where the bullet coins had been made, and named "Rong Kasap Sitthikarn". Flat coins are minted since then.
a) 50 Baht Cupro-nickel coin

Wish all readers a very Merry Christmas...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thailand: Update on new circulation coins

On 16th December, Dr. Pruektichai Damrongrat, the Deputy Minister of Finance went on TV to announce that Thailand will soon have not only 20 Baht circulation coins but also 50 Baht coins. The Treasury department has been asked to work with Bank of Thailand to speed up production of these coins.

Interesting development but I for one do not like carrying coins in my wallet. As if 20 Baht coins are not heavy enough, 50 Baht coins will probably be a pain to carry in a wallet.

Earlier post on this subject can be seen at:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thailand: New signature 500 Baht note in circulation

Like Pick 107 but new signatures of Korn Chatikavanij (กรณ์ จาติกวณิช, Minister of Finance) and Tarisa Watanagase (ธาริษา วัฒนเกส, Governor, Bank of Thailand ).

P107 500 Baht sig 81
P107: 500 Baht obv

sig 81
sig 81 Korn + Tarisa

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thailand: Series 5 Banknotes

At the height of 2nd World War Thailand faced a critical shortage of banknotes. Since TDLR would not deliver notes as Thailand then was occupied by Japanese forces, the Thai government had to request Japanese government to help print banknotes.

The first Japanese printed banknotes were issued in 1942. A total of 6 denominations (50 Satang, 1, 10, 20, 100 and 1000Baht) were issued during various phases between 1942 and 1945.

50Satang Ser5 P43 obv
P43: 50 Satang obv

1Baht Ser5 P44 obv
1Baht Ser5 P44 rev

P44a: 1 Baht Type 1 obv; 3 serial nrs, lower left in Thai
P44b: 1 Baht Type 2 obv; 3 serial nrs, all in European numerals
P44c: 1 Baht Type 3 obv and rev; 2 serial nrs, lower left deleted

Thailand: Series 4 Banknotes (RTSD)

During the 2nd World War, banknotes could not be delivered by TDLR and 4 denominations (1, 10, 20 and 100Baht) were printed locally by the Royal Thai Survey Department (RTSD).

Series 4 RTSD banknotes look very similar to the TDLR banknotes with the exception that paper and print quality are far inferior. To distinguish between the two different versions, an additional inscription of Royal Thai Survey Department (กรมแผนที่) was printed at the bottom of the notes.

1Baht Ser4 RTSD P39b obv
1Baht Ser4 RTSD P39b obv
P39b: 1 Baht Type 2 obv and rev

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thailand: Series 4 Banknotes (TDLR)

Series 4 banknotes were first issued in 1938 during the reign of King Rama 8 and have 5 denominations - 1, 5, 10, 20 and 1000Baht. These notes were printed by Thomas de la Rue (TDLR).

1Baht Ser4 P30 obv
1Baht Ser4 P30 obv
P30: 1 Baht Type 1 obv and rev

In 1939, the official country name was changed from Siam (สยาม) to Thailand (ไทย). All banknotes carrying heading Government of Siam (รัฐบาล สยาม) were therefore, changed to Thai Government (รัฐบาล ไทย).

P31a: 1 Baht Type 2, Siam=>Thai, Serial nrs: L-European; R-Thai

P31b: 1 Baht Type 3, Serial nrs: L-European; R-European

During the 2nd World War, banknotes could not be delivered by TDLR and they were printed locally by the Royal Thai Survey Department (RTSD).

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Thailand: New Commemorative coins announced

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej received on January 14, 2009, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Global Leader Award in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to promoting intellectual property and his important contribution to society as a prolific inventor.

To commemorate this award, new coins will be issued during early part of 2010. Three denominations are expected:
1) Gold proof coin of 16,000 Baht
2) Silver proof coin of 800 Baht, and
3) Cupro-nickel 20 Baht

Postage stamps bearing image of this award were released on 5th Dec, 2009 which marked His Majesty's 82nd birthday. The medal design would probably be also used on reverse side of the coins.

9 Baht postage stamp 82nd birthday HM King

Bi-metallic 10 Baht commemorating 100 years of Command and General Staff College, Royal Thai Army (planned for Oct 2009 release) are still not yet issued.

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