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100 Baht 2017, Thailand

in Krause book Number: 132
Years of issue: 2017
Signatures: Finance Minister of Thailand: Apisak Tantivorawong (in office August 2015 - July 2019)Governor of the Bank of Thailand: Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob (in office 1 October 2015 - 30 September 2020)
Serie: King Bhumibol in Different Ages
Specimen of: 2016
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 150 х 72
Printer: Note printing Works, Banknote management group, Bank of Thailand

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100 Baht 2017




HM The King Rama IX. Denomination.


100 Baht 2017


King Rama IX in the Royal House of Chakri gown.

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช; (Sanskrit: bhūmi·bala atulya·teja - "might of the land, unparalleled brilliance"); 5 December 1927 – 13 October 2016), conferred with the title King Bhumibol the Great in 1987 (officially conferred by King Vajiralongkorn in 2019), was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri dynasty, titled Rama IX. Reigning since 9 June 1946, he was the world's longest-reigning current head of state from the death of Emperor Hirohito of Japan in 1989 until his own death in 2016, and is the third-longest verified reigning sovereign monarch in world history after King Louis XIV and Queen Elizabeth II, reigning for 70 years and 126 days. During his reign, he was served by a total of 30 prime ministers beginning with Pridi Banomyong and ending with Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Forbes estimated Bhumibol's fortune – including property and investments managed by the Crown Property Bureau, a body that is neither private nor government-owned (assets managed by the Bureau were owned by the crown as an institution, not by the monarch as an individual) – to be US$30 billion in 2010, and he headed the magazine's list of the "world's richest royals" from 2008 to 2013. In May 2014, Bhumibol's wealth was again listed as US$30 billion.

After a period of deteriorating health which left him hospitalized on several occasions, Bhumibol died on 13 October 2016 in Siriraj Hospital. He was highly revered by the people in Thailand – some saw him as close to divine. Notable political activists and Thai citizens who criticized the king or the institution of monarchy were often forced into exile or to suffer frequent imprisonments, yet many cases were dropped before being proceeded or were eventually given royal pardon. His cremation was held on 26 October 2017 at the royal crematorium at Sanam Luang. His son, Maha Vajiralongkorn, succeeded him as King.

The Monogram of HM The King Rama IX is on foil part, above denomination 100 (right side).

Each of the members of royal family has its own symbolic color and monogram. Thus, even just seeing the monogram it is possible to determine, without any photos, who personally present at the event.

As a part of monogram of King is the Great Crown of Victory, the most important royal regalia and a symbol of royal power. The royal crown is of a traditional Siamese conical shape. Its top symbolizes the authority of the king in heaven and its base his caring for his people on earth. The crown is 66 cm. high.

In top is the national emblem of Thailand - Garuda.

At the bottom is stylized Lotus flower.


100 Baht 2017

The 2017 Bank of Thailand Commemorative Series is one year after the death of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The 100 baht banknote shows the sixth decade of the king, from 1978 to 1987 - H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s kindness through royal duties in rural areas.

Despite severe bouts of illness, His Majesty was working harder than ever, extending his upcountry visits long into the night, and often working on alone through the night studying and analysing data to find the best course of action while his entourage rested. He often drove his own car or walked on these visits in order to better understand the terrain.

His understanding of localised problems came from listening to the villagers. "Villagers are your teachers," His Majesty explained. "You must learn from them first, about their way of life and culture, and then use your knowledge to complement the work, and in advising them."

In 1979, the first of many "Living Museums" was opened at Khao Hin Son, Chachoengsao province, as a research and development centre. "These centres are like natural living organisms," His Majesty once explained. "They actively demonstrate the conclusions of development research and model ways that people can adapt our findings and use them to make a living."

Khao Hin Son’s rugged and rocky terrain served as a model for restoring deforested landscapes and turning them into arable farmland. This was followed in close succession by the Huay Hong Krai Centre in Chiang Mai as a model of catchment are conservation for the North, the Pikul Thong Centre in Narathiwat which offered a case study on the ecology of the swampy, acidic land typical of the southern region, the Phu Phan Centre in the northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon which studies soil salinisation and irrigated reforestation in a drought ridden area, the Kung Kraben Bay Centre in the coastal province of Chantaburi which is devoted to the study and rehabilitation of degraded mangrove forests and coastal waters, and the Huay Sai Centre in Phetchaburi which studied the rehabilitation of devastated forests and offered strategies to help villagers benefit from forest resources while becoming forest protectors themselves.

The key principle of these Living Museums was the restoration of ecological balance that would allow the local people to work on the land using folk know-how and become self-supporting. This principle of self-reliance and moderation was constantly brought up in His Majesty’s speeches during the 1970s, and formed the basis of what was to become known as “Sufficiency Economy” and “New Theory” in the 1990s. (

Apart from tending to the material needs of education, His Majesty has managed to strike a remarkably close relationship with the country's youthful citizens and particularly with students of all levels. He maintains personal and special contacts with them by regularly attending such formal functions as the Degree Ceremonies in which His Majesty travels to each Metropolitan and Provincial Campus to confer honour on each individual recipient, as well as holds himself ready to meet with the students on all appropriate informal occasions. Through sheer concentration and a will to understand, His Majesty has managed to win considerable trust and affection of the country's student communities who have come to value greatly the advices and guidance of His Majesty in all affairs including such important items as their basic attitudes to life, work and study.

His Majesty, besides. never ceases to extol the virtues of the country's other pillar of existence and that is the Buddhist Religion. He caters to the full to all the Buddhist traditions of Thailand including giving up his regal duties and becoming a Buddhist monk for a while in order to meditate and make merits. His Addresses and advices often quote the Buddhist Scripture and Principles as the bases of all his thoughts and actions. The Constitution also appoints him as the Defender of all other Faiths in Thailand and he on his part carries out this latter duty to the full and in a spirit of complete tolerance. On appropriate occasions, he gives bounties to Buddhist and institutions of other religions alike and he pays equal attention to problems of other religious groups.


On left side is The King on horseback, near the Thai-Burmese border, 1969.

With its mist-shrouded mountains, rolling hills and dense forests, Northern Thailand feels worlds away from the country’s popular beach destinations. However, it’s not just the spectacular scenery and cooler temperatures that make it a tourist hit. The region’s transformation from a hub for the illicit opium trade to agricultural success story entices a special type of outdoor enthusiast.

In a remote valley straddling the Thai-Myanmar border sits the Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang, the first research center founded by His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1969 in a bid to rid Northern Thailand of opium fields and alleviate poverty. In league with Kasetsart University, HM the King implemented a series of permaculture initiatives designed to eliminate ecologically damaging slash-and-burn cultivation and help farmers to grow high-value, low-yield fruits, flowers, vegetables and other plants. (Kankanok Wichiantanon)


To the right, from the image with the horse, the king, leaning against the car, is talking to a Thai man, by the map.

To the left of the central image, the king, in a jacket, stands by a small stream.

Эти два снимка были взяты с его двух визитов - Inspecting an irrigation ditch of the Huai Khe Reservoir, Khao Wong District, Kalasin Province. November 18, 1981 and Inspecting sites for reservoirs in Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai Province. February 13, 1985.

Combining concepts of water management with local control, His Majesty developed a strategy that promotes individual household reservoirs over large communal ones, maximising versatility while minimising costs. Overall agricultural production is boosted without the need for public funds.


His Majesty the King granted a royal initiative on 25 November 1992 to consider constructing a reservoir at upper Lampayang Basin along with a water regulating tower.

Later on 16 November 1995, His Majesty the King granted another initiative to expand the water delivery system and consider the possibility of digging a pond fixed for each plot for storing water which is transferred through such system, as specified by the New Theory practice. He also raised the possibility of diverting water from Huai Pai Reservoir, which is close to Mukdahan Province, to replenish Lampayang Reservoir in order to expand the areas under irrigation.


To be a water source for the people living in the project area

For the villagers at Khao Wong District in Kalasin Province, the reservoir will solve the problem of water shortage for agriculture consumption during the dry season and alleviate flood damage during the rainy season. (


centered is the main image - His Majesty with a map. Wherever he goes, His Majesty always carries maps to study the terrain of the place he is visiting. Photo made in 1985.


Lower, right is the photo of the Royal family of Thailand, 1966.

In the top left corner is Garuda - national emblem of Thailand.