King Bhumibol Adulyadej (titled Rama IX) was the ninth monarch of the Chakri dynasty of Thailand and is regarded as one of the most beloved monarchs in Thai history. Rama IX was born on December 5, 1927, in Cambridge, Massachusetts while his father studied at Harvard University. Bhumibol’s older brother, Ananda Mahidol was elected King in 1935 but, he lived in Switzerland and was still too young to take the throne. He returned to Thailand to take the throne in 1946 but, he was found dead in his bedroom under strange circumstances. This caused Bhumibol Adulyadej to become the new King and he was formally crowned on May 5, 1950. Read along to learn about the banknote & coins to dedicated to King Rama IX.

Coronation Ceremony of Rama IX | 1950 | Source: Wikipedia

His Majesty Rama IX was seen as a great unifier who brought all Thais together regardless of their political views or beliefs. He had no political agenda and did not interfere in politics. During his reign, he oversaw many significant events including Cold War tensions between East and West countries; economic growth; increased political participation among women due to better education opportunities and increased tourism. During his reign he also provided education to underprivileged children and helped improve the quality of life of many by promoting industrial and agricultural development. King Bhumibol (Rama IX) passed away at Siriraj Hospital on October 13, 2016 aged 88 years old. His son Vajiralongkorn Rama X ascended to the throne after his father’s death. Thousands of people gathered to pay their respects and show their appreciation for his contributions to Thailand throughout his reign as monarch.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX In His Later Years | 2010 | Source: Wikipedia

Throughout the decades the Bank of Thailand honored Rama IX on various banknotes and coins. We’ll review some of them. Thailand 20 Baht Banknote, 2013-2016 ND. This banknote was in circulation during the final years of Rama IX. Its obverse side features the Royal Garuda emblem and a portrait King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the ninth king of the Chakri dynasty. Its reverse side depicts the invention of the Thai script Lai Sue, the Royal Garuda emblem, the Ramkhamhaeng stele, the statue of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great seated on the Manangkhasila Asana throne, and the grievance hearing with the Bell of King Ramkhamhaeng and Sangkhalok Wares.

Thailand 20 Baht Banknote | 2013-2016 ND | Rama IX | Source: Banknote World

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ascension of Rama IX (Bhumibol Adulyadej) to the throne a Thailand 60 Baht, 2006 banknote was printed. Its obverse side features the Royal Garuda emblem, the royal seal, and a portrait of Rama IX Bhumibol Adulyadej seated on the throne wearing the Chakri Dynasty robe. Its reverse side depicts the various royal duties that Adulyadej fulfilled, including the building of a dam, the development of agriculture, and the various meetings and planning he has done with his subjects.

Thailand 60 Baht Banknote | 2006 | Source: Banknote World

To celebrate the 80th Birthday of King Rama IX the Bank of Thailand introduced the Thailand 16 Baht, 2007. The obverse side of the 1 Baht features a portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Royal Garuda Emblem, and the Airapote elephant, Portrait of Their Majesties granting an audience to various groups of people who paid their tribute to His Majesty on the occasion on his coronation in 1950 at the Sutthaisawan Prasat Hall; the 5 Baht features a portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Royal Garuda Emblem, and the Airapote elephant, Portrait of His Majesty in a royal procession by land, marking his 3rd Cycle Birthday Anniversary in 1963; and the 10 Baht features a portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Royal Garuda Emblem, and the Airapote elephant, Portrait of His Majesty granting an audience to various groups of people who paid tribute to His Majesty on the Auspicious Occasion of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne in 2006 at the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall.

Thailand 16 Baht Banknote | 2007 | Source: Banknote World

The reverse side of the 1 Baht features a portrait of His Majesty’s childhood, the portrait of Their Majesties King Rama VIII and King Rama IX on their return to Thailand in 1945, the portrait of His Majesty during his study in Switzerland, the Royal Emblem in Commemoration of the Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of the His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary 5th December 2007, the Royal Garuda Emblem, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace, and the Villa Vadhana in Switzerland.

Thailand 70 Baht Banknote | 2016 | Source: Banknote World

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadejs accession to the throne a Thailand 70 Baht, 2016 banknote was printed. The obverse side features the King in full royal regalia which included the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao breast chain, and right beside him, the Royal Garuda emblem as registration device. The reverse side shows the young King in full regalia holding the Sword of Victory, with the Phuttan Kanchanasinghat Throne in the background.

Thailand 1 Baht Coin | 1977 | Source: Banknote World

Thailand 1 Baht Coin, 1977. It is a copper-nickel coin that is in extremely fine condition, weighs 7 g, and has a diameter of 25 mm. Its obverse side shows the bust of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Its reverse side features the Suphannahong (royal barge ship) with oarsmen and the Wat Arun Temple. Additionally, the coin comes with a red card holder.

Thailand 50 Baht Coin | 2016 | Source: Banknote World

Thailand 50 Baht Coin, 2016, Mint Condition. It commemorates the 70th anniversary of the reign of Rama IX, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is a copper-nickel coin that is in mint condition, weighs 21 g, and has a diameter of 32 mm. Its obverse side shows the bust of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Its reverse side features the symbol and monogram of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Sources:

https://www.au.edu/royal-biography

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumibol_Adulyadej

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Bhumibol-Adulyadej

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