Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thai - 12th Series (The Great Series) Banknote

Thailand has a very unique history on its banknote development. It started issuing its 1st Series of banknote back in 1902 and until todate it has gone through more than a century. Unlike other countries in Southeast Asian, Thailand was not colonized by European country and thus it has developed unique elements in banknote development.

This 12th Series of Thai banknote was issued by Bank of Thailand since 1978 and consists of denomination of 10 baht, 20 baht and 100 baht. This series of banknote also known as "The Great Series". They were issued with the intention of glorifying Thai monarchs in history who have been revered and honored with the title The Great.

10 Bath was issued in 5 September 1980 by Bank of Thailand. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX on the right. The back features the statue of King Chulalongorn (King Rama V) the Great.

20 Baht was issued on 28 December 1980 by Bank of Thailand. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX on the right. The back features the statue of King Taksin the Great.

100 Bath was issued 6 April 1978 by Bank of Thailand. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX on the right. The back features the statue of King Naresuan the Great.

The statues or monuments printed and the reserve side of this series banknotes were actually dedicated to King Rama V the Great, King Taksin the Great and King Naresuan the Great. These were the greatest rulers in the ancient history of Thai Kingdom.

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