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50 Baht 1996. 50 Anniversary of the Reign of Rama IX, Thailand

in Krause book Number: 99
Years of issue: 1996
Signatures: Minister of Finance: Dr. Amnuay Virawan, Governor: Mr. Rerngchai Marakanond
Serie: Commemorative issue
Specimen of: 1996
Material: Polymer
Size (mm): 144 х 72
Printer: Note Printing Australia, Craigieburn, Melbourne

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50 Baht 1996. 50 Anniversary of the Reign of Rama IX




HM The King Rama IX.


50 Baht 1996. 50 Anniversary of the Reign of Rama IX


HM The King Rama IX in the uniform of the Supreme Commander, with traditional gown of the Chakri dynasty, thrown over the uniform.

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 royal emblem of Thailand is in top right corner.


This symbol changes over time, and each new 10-year cycle of King is marked by another emblem. For example, on the 50th Anniversary of the Reign of King Bhumibol, in 1996, they used the royal emblem, depicting two royal elephants under white umbrellas, multi storied, supporting emblem of the Chakri dynasty, and the Great Crown of Victory. It was depicted in the center of a yellow Royal standard.


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

Lower, centered, is a Lotus flower.


50 Baht 1996. 50 Anniversary of the Reign of Rama IX

On the background is the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.

Rama VIIRama VII

HM the King Rama VII on throne.

In 1980, a statue of King Rama VII was erected in front of Parliamentary Building 1 (อาคารรัฐสภา 1) of the Parliament House, and a chamber was created behind the statue as a museum for displaying personal belongings of the king, called the King Prajadhipok Museum, inaugurated on 10 December 1980.

Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramintharamaha Prajadhipok Phra Pok Klao Chao Yu Hua (8 November 1893, Bangkok - 30 May 1941, Surrey, England), also Rama VII, was the seventh monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri. He was the last absolute monarch and the first constitutional monarch of the country. His reign was a turbulent time for Siam due to huge political and social changes during the Revolution of 1932. He is to date the only Siamese monarch to abdicate.span class="clear">

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

Prajadhipok SaktitejanaTop left is Prajadhipok Saktitejana.

Royal Seals are in Thai called Phra Rachalanjakon and in general there are three types, i.e. the Royal Seal, the Privy Seal, and the Great Seal. The ones on display here are the royal seals of King Prajadhipok, with the largest one being the Privy Seal, which has this King's royal emblem (fig.), that is known as Prajadhipok Saktitejana. (Thailex)