Saturday, May 15, 2010

Burma - 1985 to 1987 Series

This is one of my favorite series of Burma banknote simply because of the odd denominations. We usually see odd denomination appear on commemorative banknotes, but this series of Burma circulation notes used abnormal denominations such as 15, 35, 45, 75 and 90 Kyat.

It all began with the introduction of 75 Kyat note by Union of Burma Bank in November 1985. It is believed the odd denomination was introduced to commemorate Ne Win's birthday. He was the head of state from 1962 to 1981. This 75 Kyat note was then used as circulation note and subsequently led to the issuance of 15 and 35 Kyat notes in 1986. However, out of sudden the Burmese government demonetized the 25, 35 and 75 Kyat in 1987 resulted another political riot and eventually a coup in 1988. The 45 and 90 Kyat were introduced in 1987 which believed to be another favorite number of Ne Win.

15 Kyat (1986)

35 Kyat (1986)

45 Kyat (1987)

75 Kyat (1985)

90 Kyat (1987)

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