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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 1,500 pieces. If you have achieved any figures close to this, then you are doing extremely well, as many of the older commemorative notes are hard to find even in poor conditions.

Opinion: Many collectors of commemorative banknotes would have come across with those Somaliland sets overprinted with gold and silver texts with the following wordings - 5th Anniversary of Independence 18 May 1996 [Sanad Gurade 5ee Gobanimadda 18 May 1996]. I believe these are "home made" (or fake) and not authorised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central bank would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would cover the two signatures on the note as well as part of the serial numbers. Even if these are genuine notes, then these could be issued as souvenir sheets and not as legal tender. As I said before, this is my opinion. If you have paid top dollars for these, please think about my argument. There is always a sucker around the corner, including me of course!

All comments are most welcome but it has to be subjects related to banknotes or banknotes collection. If not, it will not be approved. Thanks

15 March 2021

...Thailand - 100 & 1000 Baht Commemorating the First Anniversary of the Coronation of King Rama X ND2020


(Bank of Thailand, Established 1942)
Currency - Baht (THB)

On 27.11.2020, the central bank of Thailand announced the release of two new commemorative banknotes of 100 and 1000 baht. These two new notes were released to the public on 12.12.2020,  celebrating the first anniversary of the Coronation of the Thai King, King Rama X. A total of 20 million pieces were issued for the 100 baht denomination and 10 million pieces for the 1000 baht value. These notes were issued for general circulation in Thailand.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun was born on 28.07.1952. He became the King of Thailand following the death of his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama lX) on 13.10.2016. The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej reigned Thailand for more than 70 years from 1946 until his death in 2016. Whilst King Rama X became the King of Thailand in 2016, he was not crowned until on 04.05.2019 almost 3 years after the death of his father. King Rama X was the only son of King Rama lX and was made the crown prince by his father when he was 20 years old in 1972. King Rama X is the 10th monarch of the Chakri dynasty, since it was founded in 1782. The Thai monarchy goes back as far as 1238.

The size of this new 100 baht commemorative is the same as the current 100 bath however the colour for this new note is printed in yellow instead of pinkish-red like those current notes in circulation. The design on the front of this note depicts King Rama X in military uniform. King Rama X is also the Head of the Royal Thai Armed Forces. On the back it features images of the Royal Coronation Ceremony in 2019 and the King reading a speech. If I am not mistaken, standing next to the King is Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalak (born Suthida Tidjai).
Dimensions - 150mm x 72mm

One Hundred Baht
nd2020, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun

Reverse - Royal Coronation Ceremony in 2019

The design for the 1000 baht is completely new and it is printed in a vertical format. Like the 100 baht note, it is also printed predominately in yellow-brownish. On the front it features the King in full Thai traditional ceremony uniform and on the back it also features the Royal Coronation Ceremony in 2019. In my opinion, this 1000 baht note is a large size note.

Both banknotes are predominately printed in gold or yellow which is also the Thai royal colour. 
Thai's banknotes are one of the few banknotes issued around the world that do not have any western texts printed on the front or back, except the letter prefix. Despite this, Thai's banknotes can be easily identified as all modern banknotes are printed with the portrait of the King. 
Dimensions - 181mm x 127mm
One Thousand Baht
nd2020, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun

Reverse - Royal Coronation Ceremony in 2019

Like those banknotes issued with the portrait of Queen Elizabeth the Second, the images used are also younger than her current age when they are issued and I believe it is the same here for the portrait of King Rama X. The King was born in 1952 and will be 69 years old in 2021. The portrait on the notes looks more like in his late 40s or early 50s. I can never understand why they do use their present age/look when it comes to printing them on a banknote.
As I do not read Thai, if any readers know who the signatures are and can share the information would be great. The current bank governor is Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput who was appointed on 01.10.2020 for 5 years. The previous bank governor was Veerathai Santiprabhob who finished up his role on 30.09.2020. As this note was released on 27.11.2020, I can tell who signed on these two notes. Based on previous issues, prior to 01.10.2020, I believe the governor's signature is Veerathai Santiprabhob which is expected as printing of new banknotes requires time to plan and manufacture and this can take up to a year or even longer. 

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