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50 Baht 2017, Thailand

in Krause book Number: 131
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): 144 х 72
Printer: Note printing Works, Banknote management group, Bank of Thailand

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50 Baht 2017




HM The King Rama IX. Denomination.


50 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 flower.


50 Baht 2017

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


On banknote, 50 Baht is shown a student age of the King.

central image - The King reading a book.

6 October 1948.

King Bhumibol injured in car crash.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who had been badly injured in an automobile accident in Switzerland two days earlier, was reported to be out of danger and recovering well.

The 21-year-old monarch’s injuries included severe lacerations to the face and head. No bones were broken, but wounds to the King’s right eye raised fears he may lose its sight. The accident occurred as King Bhumibol was driving his car through Morges, a small town near Lausanne, and crashed into the rear of a truck.

The husband of the King’s sister, Aram Rattanakul, was with him in the car and suffered a fractured skull. The King spent several weeks recuperating in Lausanne, while regular updates on his condition were sent to Bangkok via telegram. Concerns over King Bhumibol’s safety had been voiced regularly following the death of King Ananda in 1946. He once had to speak out to quash a rumour in 1947 that said he had been injured in a skiing accident. (


Left of the main image - Король Rama IX being presented with regalia at coronation. 5 May 1950.


Top, left - His Majesty was ordained as a monk in 1953, at Wat Bavorn Nives Viharn, the Royal Temple established by His Majesty King Rama IV. He took great comfort in the teachings of the Lord Buddha. It was said that whenever the King needed some private time to reflect on his life and kingship, he would quietly return to the temple to converse with His Holiness Somdetch Pra Nyanasamvara the Supreme Patriarch.


On left side - The King, with the Queen Sirikit are after their wedding, April 1950.


Right of the main image is The King, sitting on cabriolet.


In lower right corner is The King, playing on piano.

"His Majesty's Songs, of course, have long been "standards" in the modern music of Thailand. They are sung and played on television, in nightclubs, and at local fairs; even little children hum them as lullabies for their dolls. And outside Thailand, His Majesty's reputation as a musician is known far and wide, his admirers include some of the world's greatest jazzmen; and on state and private visits abroad, his mere presence in a city has been known to cause ordinary jazz enthusiasts to spend hours standing in the street hoping to catch a glimpse of him.".

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

The Monogram of HM The King Rama IX is on top, on 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.