Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thai Banknote - The Queen’s 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary

This is another Thai banknote with rich colour design. This 100 Baht banknote was issued on 12th August 2004 by Bank of Thailand to commemorate the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 6th cycle birthday anniversary and to honour Her Majesty’s kindness in dedicating not only her physical and mental energy but also her personal funds for well-being of the nation and her people.

The front cover of the Thai's Queen 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary

Throughout the 54 years as the Queen, Her Majesty has been at the King’s side to perform royal duties, constantly providing moral support an tirelessly sharing all the royal responsibility. Many royal projects were launched by Her Majesty to relieve hardship of the people as well as to improve their standard of living. Under Her Majesty’s royal patronage and chairmanship, Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques or SUPPORT, was founded. Many SUPPORT project centers were also set up throughout the country to provide training in artworks and handicrafts such as nielloware, gold, silver handicraft, ‘yan lipao’ basketry, and cloth-weaving namely Silk, Chok and Phrae Wa. Moreover, Her Majesty also pays special attention to quality of SUPPORT products and often gives advice and encouragement for product improvement. Taking the lead in using SUPPORT products, Her Majesty also promotes the SUPPORT handicrafts both at home and abroad, thus helping to supplement farmers’ basic income as well as preserving the Thai cultural heritage.

Another major royal duty is preservation and development of natural resources and environment. Her Majesty initiated many project such as the “Forest-Loves-Water” Project and the “Little House in the Big Forest” Project to rehabilitate deteriorated forests and conserve wild animals as well as to provide land and occupations for impoverished farmers. Other royal projects include the settle up of research stations for breeding wild animals and marine turtle of various projects.

The commemorative banknote is 72mm x 162mm in size, with the number 72 meaning 72nd birthday of Her Majesty and the sum of “7+2” or “1+6+2” is 9, signifying the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty.

The banknote paper, incorporated with mould-made three-dimensional multi-tone watermark, depicts the portrait of HM the Queen that becomes clearly visible when holding the banknote against the light. Under ultraviolet light, the invisible fibres will become blue and yellow luminescence as the alphabetical codes and serial number, printed with special ink, will turn into luminescent blue.

This Thai commemorative banknote uses the portrait design and two different colors on its obverse and reverse background

The main elements on the front of the banknote are the portrait of HM the King in the uniform of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Charki Dynasty Royal Robe, wearing the Most illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri and the chain of Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao, and the portrait of HM the Queen in Thai Sivalai with tiara wearing the Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri, Pendant of Dame Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Kiao, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Royal Cypher Medal (Rama IX) (First Class). Accompanying drawings are the King’s monogram in Thai letters “Phor Por Ror” and the Royal Garuda Emblem. The background colour is golden brown. The Thai denomination “100”, printed with optically variable intaglio ink (OVI), changes from gold into green when view at angle.

All the banknotes will carry the Thai alphabetical code prefixed with Thai number 9 to give significance to His Majesty as King Rama IX, followed by Thai Serial numbers 0000001 to 7299999.

The main element on the back of the banknote is the portrait of HM the Queen wearing tiara and Thai Chakri outfit decorated with the Ancient and Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Royal Cypher Medal (Rama IX) (First Class). Accompanying drawings are the pictures of the investiture ceremony of HM the Queen, the portrait of her Majesty holding the eldest daughter Princess Uboi Ratana, the picture of SUPPORT products, the pictures of elephants and forest, the Royal Crest Commemorating the Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 12th August 2004, Thai art design, and the Rose “Queen Sirikit”, Cattleya “Queen Sirikit”, and Dona “Queen Sirikit”. The background colour is blue, which signifies HM Queen’s birthday colour.

Banknote Specification

Dimension : Width 72mm; Length 162mm
Number of Prints : 7,299,999 Notes
Date of Issue : 4 August 2004
Printing House : Note Printing Works, Bank of Thailand

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