Monday, September 1, 2008

Thai Banknote - King's 5th Cycle Birthday Celebration

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

The Back features 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.

This is the biggest banknote that ever issued in South East Asia. It has the size of 159 x 159 mm. This 60-Baht commomerative banknote was issued by Bank of Thailand on 8 December 1987 to commomerate the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the Thai King's 5th Cycle Birthday Celebration. King Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned King of Thailand in 1950 and he is the world's longest-serving current head of state and the longest -serving monarch in Thai history.

The Royal Ceremonial Emblem on the 5th Cycle Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the King, 1987

The Royal Garuda signifying the State, meaning the Government and the People, respectfully supporting the discus and the ancient sword, symbolizing the Chakri Dynasty and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The clockwise discus signifies the power of righteousness. The Royal Crown with golden rays, flanked by royal umbrellas and royal belongings, signifies the power of the monarch. The mythological lion symbolizes the civilian side, and the mythological half elephant-half lion figure symbolizes the military side. They hold the royal umbrellas and the royal belongings, signifying the two branches of officials that undertake state affairs in the name of His Majesty the King.

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