Saturday, December 26, 2009

Singapore Polymer Note - Additional Square Dot

It is observed that there is an additional feature on the latest polymer notes that issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Noted that there is a square dot underneath the wording "Sports" at the reverse of the following notes. For this particular $10 note, three varieties are observed. The initial issuance was without any square dot, but the subsequent issuance notes are with one square dot and two square dots.

The reason for having this feature has yet been clarified by the relevant authority. It is believed that the square dot is to differential the various printing made at different time. This square dot feature is also observed on other denominations.

Additional square dot is observed at the reverse of the note, underneath the wording. For instant, the square dot located underneath the word Sports for $10 Polymer Note.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thai - 9th Series Banknote

The 9th series of Thai banknote consists of six denominations that include 50 Satang, 1 Baht, 5 Baht, 10 Baht, 20 Baht and 100 Baht. This series of banknote has been circulating for more than 20 years. There are five different types of note for each denomination due to different years of issuance.

Except for 50 Satang, all the front note features the portrait of King Rama IX with the images of different building or places such as the Phra Samut Chedi, the Phra Pathom Chedi, the Mahakarn Fortress and the Golden Mountain Stupa at the middle of the note. The back of the note depicts the Royal Anantasamakom Throne Hall.

The front of 50 Satang features the constitution on the pedestal tray in the middle under the Garuda and the Ayarapot (three headed elephant) at the right bottom corner. The back depicts an image of the Phra Samut Chedi.

50 Satang



1 Baht


5 Baht


10 Baht


20 Baht


100 Baht

Thai - 10th Series Banknote

There is only one type of note in 10th Series i.e. 100 Baht which was issued on 16 May 1968. The main reason of issuing this 100 Baht note was due to discovery of counterfeit note of 100 Baht of the 9th Series which was issued from 1947 to 1957.

The government of Thai decided to issue a new series of multi colored 100 Baht with an intaglio printed portrait in dark blue compared the the earlier series of 100 Baht note which was only printed in red color. To make the counterfeiting more difficult, this series of banknote embedded with security thread printed with microlettering Thailand at intervals.



This 100 Baht note was issued on 16 May 1968 and was printed by Thomas de la Rue. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX in the uniform of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The back depicts the Suphannahongs Royal Barge.

Thai - 11th Series Banknote

The 11th Series of Thai banknote consists of five denominations namely 5 Baht, 10 Baht, 20 Baht, 100 Baht and 500 Baht. This series of banknote was issued started from the lowest denomination of 5 Baht in June 1969 to the highest denomination of 500 Baht in July 1975. The 500 Baht was printed for the first time by Bank of Thailand.

One of the interesting fact of this series of banknote is the involvement of the Note Printing Works which had begun their operations with the printing of banknotes in 1969. The Note Printing Works had managed to get through the whole production process, including the designing and engraving. But, the initial stage of its operation did rely on the foreign experts especially in producing the printing plates with joint effort from the Fine Arts Department particularly in unique Thai characteristics.

I personally like this series of the note because of the unique images depicted at the back of the notes. The images are so fine and truly reflect the Thai culture.

5 Baht

This 5 Baht note was issued in 24 June 1969. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX and the back depicts the Arphonphimoke Prasat Pavilion.

10 Baht



This 10 Baht note was issued on 24 June 1969. The front features the King Rama IX and the back depicts the ordination hall of the Marble Temple.

20 Baht


This 20 Baht note was issued on 9 June 1971. The front features the King Rama IX and the back depicts the Anantanagaraj Royal Barge.

100 Baht



This 20 Baht note was issued on 5 October 1972. The front features the King Rama IX and the back depicts the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

500 Baht



This 500 Baht note was issued on 18 July 1975. The front features the King Rama IX and the back depicts the Phra Prang Sam Yod in Lopburi.