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100 Baht 2017, Thailand

in Krause book Number: 130
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): 138 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.

In top is the national emblem of Thailand - Garuda.

At the bottom is stylized Jasmine flower. On background is a pattern from flowers.


100 Baht 2017

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

The 20 baht banknote shows the early life of the King.


Bhumibol was born at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States, on 5 December 1927. He was the youngest son of Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, the Prince of Songkla, and his commoner wife Mom Sangwan (later Princess Srinagarindra, the Princess Mother). His father was enrolled in the public health program at Harvard University, which is why Bhumibol was the only monarch to be born in the US.


Bhumibol had an older sister, Princess Galyani Vadhana, and an older brother, Prince Ananda Mahidol.

Bhumibol came to Thailand in 1928, after his father obtained a certificate from Harvard. His father died of kidney failure in September 1929, when Bhumibol was less than two years old.He briefly attended Mater Dei school in Bangkok, but in 1933 his mother took her family to Switzerland, where he continued his education at the École nouvelle de la Suisse romande in Lausanne. In 1934 Bhumibol was given his first camera, which ignited his lifelong enthusiasm for photography.  When Bhumibol's childless uncle Prajadhipok abdicated in 1935, his nine-year-old brother Ananda Mahidol became King Rama VIII. However, the family remained in Switzerland and the affairs of the head of state were conducted by a regency council. They returned to Thailand for only two months in 1938. In 1942, Bhumibol became a jazz enthusiast, and started to play the saxophone, a passion that he kept throughout his life.He received the baccalauréat des lettres (high-school diploma with a major in French literature, Latin, and Greek) from the Gymnase Classique Cantonal de Lausanne, and by 1945 had begun studying sciences at the University of Lausanne, when World War II ended and the family was able to return to Thailand.


On the photo - a little boy playing with mud and sand. He digs a trench in the earth, with two small hands, soiled with earth, slowly sculpts the soil in the channel to make a long winding turn. Adds water to make it flow like rivers and canals. Shrubs were collected and planted along the banks of the created canal. Until it becomes a small forest along the river. It is beautiful.

This flower, pictured, may be the first plant planted by His Highness. Although, it may not be a seedling that will root deep enough to be able to grow big and bear fruit. But, this planting game has become the principle of the future king's work to preserve and restore the natural resources and environment of Thailand.

There are important elements of planting trees, namely, there must be land and water. Both earth and water will support you. Continue to take care of various plants so that they flourish and bloom. And most importantly - above all the heart of His Majesty, which was overflowing with the determination and mercy of His Majesty the King.

Royal initiatives, in terms of conserving water and forest resources in order to restore the condition of the land, to restore its fertility, have yielded results. Providing water sources, streams, canals, rivers and streams. Providing water sources along streams, swamps, swamps, dams, embankments, reservoirs, large and small dams, supplying water, supplying water sources is like nectar from heaven to earth, so that the trees planted by the king grow and bloom, give leaves, bloom and bear fruit and benefit people in the future. The memory of this will forever take root in the hearts of all Thais. ( .thai)


Centered - King Bhumibol, most likely the photo was taken in Switzerland.

So far, I have not found the photo shown on the banknote on the right - King Bhumibol, as a teenager, rowing in a boat. In the background - a palace or a castle.

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