Saturday, August 15, 2009

Indonesia - Rp2000 Banknote (2009 Series)

On 9 July 2009, Bank of Indonesia launched new banknote with the denomination of 2000 Rupiah. Inherited from its 2004 to 2005 series, this Rp2000 banknote adopts the theme of national hero during the nation's struggle for independence in which the portrait of national hero were depicted on the obverse of the notes.


2000 Rupiah Banknote issued by Bank of Indonesia on 9 July 2009

The front features Pangeran Antasari, a national hero from Banjarmasin of South Kalimantan. The back features a traditional Dayak dance performed by a group of Dayak. Similar to the earlier issuance, this Rp2000 also come with uncut banknote in 2 pieces, 4 pieces and 50 pieces.

2000 Rupiah Uncut Banknote of 2009 Series

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

One of the unique and landmark in Bandar Seri Begawan, capital city of Brunei, is the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. It is a royal Islamic mosque that represents the most spectacular mosques in the Southeast Asia. It is such an important icon that the first and second series of Brunei banknotes have use it to feature the reverse side of the banknotes.

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque appears features at the back of 1st and 2nd Series of Brunei banknote.

The mosque was named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin, the late father of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah who is the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan or King of Brunei Darussalam. The building was completed in 1958 and is an impressive example of modern Islamic architecture.

The architect of this mosque is an Italian and many architectural elements of the mosque has been heavily influenced by both Islamic and Italian styles. The mosque consists of marble minarets and golden domes with courtyards and fertile gardens filled with fountains. The mosque is circulated by a plethora of trees and floral gardens which in Islam it is considered as an interpretation of heaven.

You will neer want to miss this when your visit to the Brunei Darussalam.

Thai Banknote - Different Types of 15th Series

There are three denominations namely 50 Baht, 100 Baht and 1000 Baht consist of different types within the same series in the 15th Series of Thai Banknote. The 50 Baht was first issued in polymer note in 1997 and was later changed to paper note in 2004. No much change in term of the design of the note itself.

On the other hand, the 15th Series of 100 Baht note was first issued in 2004 with the monument of their Majesties King Rama V and King Rama VI features at the back of the banknote. However, the subsequent issuance of the same denomination note in 2005 has adopted the portrait of King Rama V in the Royal naval uniform at the reverse side of the note. The front design of these notes remain the same.


Type 1 of 100 Baht with the monument of their Majesties King Rama V and King Rama VI

Type II of 100 Baht with the portrait of King Rama V in the Royal naval uniform

Also, having two types of notes within the same series is the 1000 Baht note. The initial 1000 Baht banknote was issued in 1999, the earliest paper note issued in this series, without the hologram foil stripe. However, when it was reintroduced 6 years latter i.e. 2005 the hologram foil stripe has been added to the front of the note due to security enhancement.

15th Series - Type I of 1000 Baht without hologram foil stripe

15th Series - Type II of 1000 Baht with hologram foil stripe

Thai Banknote - 15th Series Polymer Banknote

This 50 Baht note was the earliest issuance for the 15th Series of Thai banknote. It was released on 18 August 1997 and was one of the earliest circulation polymer banknote issued by Bank of Thailand. The 15th Series of Thai banknote was target to raise public attention on the contribution of the monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty especially in the development of agriculture, science religion and finance.


This 50 Baht polymer note was issued on 18 August 2007. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX in the uniform of the Supreme Commander. The back features the monument of King Rama IV, the Phra Pathom Chedi, a telescope, and a celestial globe.

The paper banknote of 50 Baht which adopted the same design of the polymer banknote was released on 1 October 2004.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Thai Banknote - 15th Series

The 15th Series of Thai banknote was released with an aim to draw the public attention to the benevolent deeds of the monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty in their contribution to the development of agriculture, science religion and finance.

There are five denominations in this series of banknote which include 20 Baht, 50 Baht, 100 Baht, 500 Baht and 1000 Baht. Among these, the earliest released banknote was the 50 Baht which was back then printed on opacified polymer substrate and was issued in August 1997. Follow by the 1000 Baht note which was introduced in November 1999 (Type 1 without hologram foil stripe) and 500 Baht note in August 2001.

The latest released notes are 20 Baht, 50 Baht, 100 Baht and 1000 Baht (with hologram foil strip) in between year of 2003 to 2005.

This 20 Baht banknote was issued by Bank of Thailand on 3 March 2003. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX in the uniform of the Supreme Commander. The back features the portrait of HM the King Ananda Mahidoll with the picture of HM proceeding to visit people at Sam Peng and Illustration of Rama VII Bride.

This 50 Baht banknote was issued by Bank of Thailand on 1 October 2004. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX in the uniform of the Supreme Commander. The back features the monument of King Rama IV, the Phra Pathom Chedi, a telescope and a celestial globe.

This 100 Baht banknote was issued by Bank of Thailand on 21 October 2005. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX in the uniform of the Supreme Commander. The back features the portrait of King Rama V in the royal naval uniform and his royal activities regarding the abolishment of slavery.



This 500 Baht banknote was issued by Bank of Thailand on 3 August 2001. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX in the uniform of the Supreme Commander. The back features the monument of King Rama III at the Maha Chetsadabodin Pavilion, the Loha Prasat at Ratchanaddaram Temple and a Chinese sailing ship.



This 1000 Baht banknote was issued by Bank of Thailand on 25 November 2005. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX in the uniform of the Supreme Commander. The back features The portrait of King Rama IX, the Pa Sak Jolasid Dam and the agricultural land managed in accordance with the New Theory.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Vietnam - 1985 Series

This is a complete set of 1985 series of Vietnam banknotes. They are 10 denominations namely from the lowest 5 Hao, 1 Dong, 2 Dong, 5 Dong, 10 Dong, 20 Dong, 30 D0ng, 50 Dong, 100 Dong and 500 Dong. One of the interesting denomination for this series is the introduction of 30 Dong which is inherited from its earlier series.

The front note of the lower denominations from 5 Hao to 10 Dong features the Flag Tower of Hanoi that appears to be one of symbols of Hanoi city. The higher denomination notes, from 20 Dong onwards, use the portrait of Ho Chi Minh as their front features. The back of these note features the various scenery of Vietnam such as Ha Long Bay and also agricultural as well as industrial background.

5 Hao



1 Dong


2 Dong






5 Dong


10 Dong



20 Dong




30 Dong



50 Dong




100 Dong



500 Dong