Bank of Thailand Launches New Series of Thai Banknotes


The new Thai banknotes that display images of Thailand’s new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn or King Rama X, was unveiled by the Bank of Thailand on Thursday. According to the announcement on Bank of Thailand’s Facebook page, older banknotes featuring the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away in October 2016 will remain legal tender.

The 20, 50, and 100 baht notes featuring images of King Rama X will be released on April 6, a holiday called Chakri Day that commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) in 1782.

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Bigger notes such as 500 and 1,000 will be issued on July 28, the King’s birthday.

The front side of the banknote in all denominations depicts His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn in the Royal Thai Air Force uniform as the main portrait. The reverse side of each denomination depicts the portraits of two Kings in order of reign, along with the images of their memorable royal duties.

The 1,000 baht note however will feature the new king and his father, the late King Rama IX.

Photo: Bank of Thailand

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