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80 Baht 2012. Her Majesty the Queen 80 Birthday, Thailand

in Krause book Number: 125
Years of issue: 09.08.2012
Edition: 2000000
Signatures: Minister of Finance: Mr. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Governor: Mr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul
Serie: Commemorative issue
Specimen of: 09.08.2012
Material: Polymer
Size (mm): 162 x 80
Printer: Note printing Works, Banknote management group, Bank of Thailand

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80 Baht 2012. Her Majesty the Queen 80 Birthday




The watermark features HM the Queen’s crowned monogram "ส.ก.".

With a special translucent effect, the electrotype letter "ก" is clearly visible from both sides when the banknote is held up to the light.

The windowed security thread is visible on the surface of the paper at regular intervals.

Inside each window contains the number “80” and the "rose" image, which will be switched,

when the banknote is tilted.


80 Baht 2012. Her Majesty the Queen 80 Birthday


HM the King Rama IX and HM the Queen Sirikit (The portrait of King Rama IX in the Royal House of Chakri gown).

Sirikit (born 12 August 1932 in Bangkok, Thailand as Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara) is the queen consort of Bhumibol Adulyadej, King (Rama IX) of Thailand. She met Bhumibol in Paris, where her father was the Thai ambassador. They married in 1950, shortly before Bhumibol's coronation. Sirikit was appointed Queen Regent in 1956. Sirikit produced one son and three daughters. As the consort of the king who is the world's longest-reigning head of state, she is also the world's longest-serving consort of a monarch.


On the left side is the scene of the Queen's Sirikit coronation.


In top right corner is the Monogram of the Queen Sirikit.

The main element of the monogram is the Great Crown of Victory.

The Great Crown of Victory (Thai: พระมหาพิชัยมงกุฏ; rtgs: Phra Maha Phichai Mongkut) is part of the Regalia of Thailand. Made of gold in the reign of King Rama I in 1782, the crown is 26" (66 centimeters) high and weighs 16 lb (7.3 kg), and enamelled in red and green. Thanks to King Rama IV, the crown is also set in diamonds. He added a large cut diamond from India to decorate the top of the crown, called Great Diamond (พระมหาวิเชียรมณี Phra Maha Wichian Mani). The crown is of a distinctive Thai design, being a multi-tiered conical diadem, terminating in a tapering spire.

A king only wears the crown during his coronation, where he places the crown on his own head. The shape of the crown represents the concept of divine monarchy. The tall spire represents divine authority and right to rule over the people.

Currently, the Great Crown of Victory is the most important of the five regalia, yet once the crown possessed the same importance as any other regalia. However, it was under the influence of western culture that the king would accede to the throne when crowned, in the reign of King Rama V.

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.


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

In 1910 king Vajiravudh abandoned the National Achievements of 1873 altogether and ordered Phra Dhevabhinimit to create a new one. This featured the Garuda of Chulalongkorn. This new emblem, to be qualified the emblem of state, consisted of Garuda, in Hindu symbolism the vehicle of Vishnu and, as the Siamese king considered himself to be an incarnation of Vishnu, the vehicle of the King of Siam. It illustrates the doctrine that the government actually is a tool of the ruler, in this case the King of Siam.

The garuda is of very ancient Mesopotamian origin and came to Siam by Hinduism. It is a bird-man having the body of a man and the wings, head and feet of a bird. Sculpures of a garuda can be found in Angkor Wat, the temple of the capital of the Khmer empire and are dating from the 13th century (again from the reign of Jayavarman VIII).

Usually the garuda is the vehicle of Vishnu, the god of maintenance and as such a symbol of the royal government. In Siam he was introduced at the end of the XIX century and after the reorganization of the government by king Rama V Chulalongkorm in 1892.

The obverse and the reverse shows the variety of flowers, specially bred in honor of Queen Sirikit.

Left and lower of Royal couple are the flowers Rosa "Queen Sirikit".


Rosa "Queen Sirikit" is a hybrid rose of "Königin der Rosen" and "Golden Giant Rose". It was first introduced in 1968. Two years later it won the First Prize in a rose competition in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Andre Hendricx, Director of "Grandes Roseraiea du Val de Loire", asked permission from Queen Sirikit of Thailand to name the rose after her.

On the right side is Cattleya "Queen Sirikit".


Cattleya "Queen Sirikit" is a stunning elegent hybrid of "Cattleya Bow Bells" and "Cattleya O'brieniana var. alba", produced by "Black and Flory Ltd. Co.", Great Britain, in 1958.

Recived Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society, london, and the Royal permission to name Cattleya "Queen Sirikit".

Epiphytic orchid, 20-40 cm. high. Flowers large, white and fragrant, 12-14 cm. across, lip broad, margin undulate, with golden yellow throat, flowering all year round. (thai native orchids)

An epiphyte is a plant that grows harmlessly upon another plant (such as a tree) and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, and sometimes from debris accumulating around it. Epiphytes differ from parasites in that epiphytes grow on other plants for physical support and do not necessarily negatively affect the host. An epiphytic organism that is not a plant is called an epibiont. Epiphytes are usually found in the temperate zone (e.g., many mosses, liverworts, lichens, and algae) or in the tropics (e.g., many ferns, cacti, orchids, and bromeliads). Many houseplants are epiphyte species due to their minimal water and soil requirements. Epiphytes provide a rich and diverse habitat for other organisms including animals, fungi, bacteria, and myxomycetes.

Epiphyte is one of the subdivisions of the Raunkiær system.

The term epiphytic derives from the Greek epi- (meaning "upon") and phyton (meaning "plant"). Epiphytic plants are sometimes called "air plants" because they do not root in soil.


80 Baht 2012. Her Majesty the Queen 80 Birthday


Centered - HM the Queen Sikirit in young age.

Centered top - the Monogram of the Queen Sirikit.

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


On the left side are the royal family.

In the royal family are four children: three daughters and a son. Children of the King of Thailand received an excellent education and training, and now doing everything possible to improve the welfare of their country.


The Scenes with HM The Queen's social care in the community.

On the left side and top left, again, are Roses "Queen Sirikit". On the right side is Cattleya "Queen Sirikit".


The issuance of those commemorative banknotes is to pay tribute to HM the Queen for her incomparable contributions to the country.