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Banknotes issued on Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary

          The Bank of Thailand on August 4 issued a new 100-baht banknote which was quickly snapped up by the Thai people who had no intention to use it as paper money. The note is printed in commemoration of the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand's 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary, 12 August 2004, and is undoubtedly the most beautiful banknote ever printed by the Bank of Thailand.

          Minute details were carefully thought out and explained, all in connection with the Reign, Her Majesty the Queen and her great deeds over more than half a century as the Queen of Thailand.

          The banknote itself is 72 mm. by 162 mm. The number 72 signifies the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty the Queen's 6th Cycle or 72nd Birthday Anniversary, while the number 162, taken apart as 1, 6 and 2, add up as 9, so as the number 72, and they signify the Ninth Reign of the Chakri Dynasty, the current reign of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. All the banknotes carry the Thai alphabetical code prefixed with Thai number 9, referring to His Majesty the King as Rama IX, followed by Thai serial numbers 0000001 to 7299999, as the number of prints is 7,299,999.

          The banknote, incorporated with mould-made three-dimensional multi-tone watermark, depicts Her Majesty the Queen in Thai Siwalai costume in gold. The portrait becomes clearly visible when the banknote is held against the light. Under ultraviolet light, the invisible fibers become luminescent blue and yellow , as the alphabetical codes and serial numbers, printed with special ink, also turn into luminescent blue.

          Depicted on the back of the banknote is Her Majesty the Queen in the Thai Chakri costume, wearing tiara, with accompanying drawings showing the investiture of Her Majesty, Her Majesty holding her first-born child, Princess Ubol Ratana, SUPPORT products, and elephants and the forest. Also depicted is the royal crest with the emblem of the celebrations, and flowers of the royal name, the rose, the cattleya and the red dona, all named “Queen Sirikit” in her honor.

          The banknote comes in plastic wrapping. Those lucky enough to get one commemorative banknote of their own, mostly have it framed and placed at a shrine with offerings for their beloved Queen.

     The public Relation Department of Thailand, August 10th, 2006


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