Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thailand: Occupation coinage during Rama 8

In my earlier post Thailand: Series 7 Special - 50 Baht "Mourning" notes, I had talked about 1 Dollar banknotes prepared by Thai government for issue in 4 northern Malay states of Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, and Terengganu. These notes were never issued but were changed to 50 Baht when Thailand faced a shortage of banknotes in 1945.

Along with the 1 Dollar banknotes, tin coins of 3 denominations were also minted but again never issued due to Japanese opposition.

KM# 5 - 1 Cent; KM# 10 - 5 Cents and KM# 15 - 10 Cents

These "Occupation coins" are rare and extremely expensive. A set of these coins were auctioned by Eur-seree Collecting at 440,000 Baht or approx USD 13,000 in 2006.

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