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1 Ngultrum 2006, Bhutan

in Krause book Number: 27
Years of issue: 2006
Edition: --
Signatures: Chairman: Lyonpo Wangdi Norbu
Serie: 2006 Issue
Specimen of: 2006
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 120 x 60
Printer: TDLR (Thomas de la Rue & Company), London

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1 Ngultrum 2006




1 Ngultrum 2006

In the center of the upper part is the inscription in Dzongkha: Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan.


In the center of the banknote is the print image of the royal government crest.

Royal government crest it is a wheel of law or Dharmachakra wheel. In the center of the wheel is a hub, symbolizes a bright spot of consciousness radiating spiritual light. Eight spokes - symbolize the essence of the Buddhist teachings, is to follow the eight "noble principles": right belief, right thought, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right aspirations, correct assessment of their actions, right contemplation.

In an ornamental frame, on the left and right sides are the images of dragons. Denomination in numeral "1" is in vignette, in the upper left corner (national designation), and in the lower right corner (European). In the lower left and upper right corners are serial numbers. Under the crest is printed inscription: "SERIES 2006".


1 Ngultrum 2006

In the center of the upper part of the banknote inscription in English: "ROYAL MONETARY AUTHORITY OF BHUTAN".


In the center of the banknote is the image of the fortress (Dzong) Simtokha, erected in 1629.

The present location where the dzong stands is at the boundary common to three prominent western regions: Sha (Wangduephodrang), Wang (Thimphu) and Pa (Paro).

Legend has it that the site was inhabited by demons therefore Zhabdrung subdued one particular demon and enclosed it in a rock. The dzong was built over this stone thus deriving the name sinmo (demon), do (stomach), and kha (on) – the dzong on top of the demon’s stomach.

Since a long time it was a monastery fortress and now converted into a university.

Left, under the image is an explanatory inscription: "SIMTOKHA DZONG". In all corners are denominations in numerals "1". In the upper corners in national symbols, in the lower corners in European. Lower are denominations in words, on the left side in English: ONE NGULTRUM, and on the right side in Dzongkha language.

In top right and left corners are birds Garuda.

The Garuda is a large mythical bird, bird-like creature, or humanoid bird that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Garuda is the mount (vahana) of the Lord Vishnu. Garuda is the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila. The Brahminy kite and Phoenix are considered to be the contemporary representations of Garuda.

Throughout the Mahabharata, Garuda is invoked as a symbol of impetuous violent force, of speed, and of martial prowess. Powerful warriors advancing rapidly on doomed foes are likened to Garuda swooping down on a serpent. Defeated warriors are like snakes beaten down by Garuda. The field marshal Drona uses a military formation named after Garuda. Krishna even carries the image of Garuda on his banner.


Bill contains: Microprinting and latent image, a relief for people with impaired vision on the front side.

Interesting fact:

Today, many cities and entire countries impose a ban on smoking in public places. In the kingdom of Bhutan such ban is in effect since the 17th century, and since 2004 has completely banned also the sale of tobacco. Smoking itself subject to substantial fines, an exception was made only for tourists and diplomats.