Thailand’s new banknotes to launch in April

Photo: Bank of Thailand
Photo: Bank of Thailand

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, or King Rama X, ascended to the throne in December 2016. Now he’s finally taking his place on Thailand’s currency.

The Bank of Thailand today unveiled updated banknotes that feature images of the country’s current monarch. They will update the ones currently displaying portraits of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October 2016, though the older bills will remain legal tender.

The new version of the THB20, THB50, and THB100 bills will be released on April 6, a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Thailand’s current Chakri Dynasty.

The THB500 and THB1,000 bills will be released on July 28, the birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The front of each of the new banknotes show King Rama X in his air force commander uniform. The back of the banknotes feature two of the previous kings of the Chakri Dynasty. The one exception is the THB1,000 bill, which feature the current king and his father, the late King Bhumibol.

The Bureau of the Royal Thai Mint is expected to release a new series of coins in October.

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