Special Bt100 notes to mark King's birthday

Economy November 19, 2011 00:00

By Seetalavajit Sabayjai
The Na

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The Bank of Thailand yesterday unveiled a commemorative Bt100 banknote issued to celebrate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's seventh-cycle birthday on December 5.

A total of 9.9 million special Bt100 bills have been printed for distribution to the general public, said BOT Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul. All revenue after expense from the bank notes will be given to the King while all revenue after expense will be provided to the Chaipattana Foundation.

The special bills can be purchased with a hard-paper cover for Bt200 each, or with a hard-paper cover and a bag at Bt500, he said.

The back of the banknotes feature depictions of some of the King’s well-known activities in such fields as water-resource development and management, science and technology, and His Majesty’s remarkable musical talent, Prasarn said. A special feature – a first for a Thai banknote – is a horizontal bright gold bar that appears to move up and down the denomination numerals when the note is tilted.

Reservations for the banknotes can be made at branches of commercial banks, the Government Savings Bank, the Government Housing Bank, the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives and the Islamic Bank of Thailand from Monday (November 21). All of the notes will be distributed on December 2.

The central bank will also organise an exhibition celebrating the King’s seventh-cycle birthday at the Bangkhunprom Palace, which houses the Bank of Thailand Museum, from December 6 through January 13.