Thailand Introduces New 1,000 Baht Note

by admin on September 2, 2015

The Bank of Thailand has issued a new 1,000 baht note, which according to a press release, intends to “glorify His Majesty King Chulalongkorn for his incomparable contributions to the country.”

Bank Note News reports that the new note has been created with enhanced security elements to make counterfeiting difficult. See the full list of new features below, as presented in the press release:

1. Watermark: HM King’s portrait watermark and the translucent watermark “๑๐๐๐” can be clearly observed by viewing the note against the light.
2. Color-shifting Ink with Latent Image: The color of Thai Ornament at the bottom left corner of the note will change from gold to green upon tilting, and the latent image of hidden numerals “1000” becomes visible.
3. Iridescent Ink: Arabic numerals “1000” and Thai patterns are printed vertically with reddish iridescent ink.
4. Hologram Foil Stripe: Reflective holographic foil on the right hand side of the note contains the Royal Emblem with Arabic numeral “1000” in center, switching to Thai numeral “๑๐๐๐” when tilting the note.
5. Windowed Color-shifting Security Thread with Moving-Box Animation: The special security thread on the reverse side illustrates moving-box effect and changes from magenta to green upon tilting.
6. Tactile Marks: seven horizon lines leading to the four tactile marks in the shape of flowers, representing the braille’s alphabet “T”, symbolizing Thousand (1000), can be identified by touch.

Image Credit: Karn Bulsuk (Flickr)
The previous 1000 baht note. Image Credit: Karn Bulsuk (Flickr)


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Over 100 million new banknotes will be available for exchange in the next three to four months. It’s expected that it will replace the old 1000 baht note entirely within two years.

Apisakdi Kongkangwanchoke, the spokesman for BSA Law says:

“The new Bt1,000 banknote follows the issuance in February 2015 of a new Bt100 banknote to commemorate and honour King Taksin the Great, which also uses an advanced anti-forgery printing design and allows the blind to easily identify the note’s denomination. The water mark of the Thai numeral 100 is specially transparent on both sides when held up to the light.”

For more details, see here and here.

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