Show me the Money!

Today I had a nice surprise at work. I work in a corporate bank building in Maryland and coincidently my boss is Thai! Her name is Nott and she is pretty cool. She’s like this little ball of energy always laughing and happy and a lot of fun to be around all day in the office. I liked her from the start and I am sure I shocked the daylights out of her when we first met and I spoke to her in her native language ๐Ÿ˜‰

Occasionally we will say a few words to each other in Thai but mostly we chat in English unless I have a question about a Thai word or expression. The past few weeks Nott’s parents have been here visiting from Thailand and today Nott brought them to the office to meet everyone. I was so surprised when I turned around from my cube and was introduced to them. Without even thinking about it I shook her fathers hand then bowed and gave a deep Wai to them both welcoming them in Thai and we chatted for a bit. Not too long ago I would be so nervous to try and speak Thai I would break out in a sweat before I even uttered a sound ๐Ÿ˜›

Nott had told her parents all about me and I am sure they were curious to meet this crazy farang their daughter worked with that knew so much about Thailand! I showed them all around my 6 by 8 feet cubical with my ‘Suriyo Thai’ poster on one wall and my lucite block ‘statue’ laser etched with an image of a Buddha on the shelf above my computer. They thought the Buddha was very nice and complimented me on Him because he is a very famous Buddha but I can’t remember exactly how to pronounce his name at the moment ๐Ÿ™

Nott’s mom was so nice and she had a present for me. At first she gave me a wooden keychain of a little Hill Tribe girl and then she said she had something else too..money!

She reached in her purse and gave me a 100, then a 50 and then a 20 Baht note! That was so cool! Thai Baht looks so much cooler than plain old green US currency ๐Ÿ˜› Recently we tried to get with the program and colorize our currency here in the States but I think it looks more ugly than anything else.

As you can see the 100 Baht note is in red with a portrait of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the reigning monarch and the Royal Initial Emblem of H.M. the King “Phor Por Ror”. The blank space on the right is where you can see a watermark of HM the King

The back of the Baht note shows scenes of Thai life with monks and school children and a portrait of the monument of Their Majesties King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and King Vajiravudha (Rama VI), together with their Royal Initial Emblem

The 50 Baht note is my favorite because I like blue and it is very colorful. It is also cool because it’s made of plastic! The clear window next to the Kings portrait has a polarized water mark of His portrait

I am not sure but I think on the back is a portrait of King Rama the III. The globe and telescope on the back seem to me to represent the period in King Rama III’s reign when Thailand began to modernize by studying Western science and culture. Does anyone know for sure if I am correct? Please send me an update if I have anything wrong.

This 20 Baht note is an older version with the same Royal Portrait of His Majesty and watermark on the front

On the back of this note is a portrait of “Pra Chao Tak Sin Maharaj” พระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช- (NOT the current prime minister but our former king who won back indepedence from Burma right before King Rama I. His name phonetically in English is spelled like PM Thaksin but in Thai it’s pronouced differently). During his short reign he established a new capital called Krun Thonburi กรุงธนบุร&#3637 but was replaced by the Chakri Dynasty (King Rama I) who established Bangkok as the capital soon after.

The 20 Baht note given to me is a newer version with the same, but updated portait of HM King Bhumipol Adulyadej on the front and on the back there is a picture of HM the King and some of his wonderful accomplishments like the new Rama bridge in Bangkok and His Majesty on one of his many walking tours in Thailand

My thanks to my friend Dew for filling me in on the information I was missing earlier regarding King Taksin Maharaj and his portrait

Nott’s mom thought I would like the Baht notes to maybe put in a nice frame and she’s right that would look cool on my shelf or on the wall. This was so nice that she gave these to me I was really thrilled to get such a thoughtful gift. Hard to believe I was never that excited about getting US money as a gift lol. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Ramakomud!

You can find out more about Thai currency from our sister web site http://www.thailandlife.com . My thanks to Richard for providing a better link and to Panrit as my source for more updated information on the Baht notes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Till next time

ขอให้โชคดี !

วิทย์

6 responses to “Show me the Money!

  1. Hi Wit, nice story. It just shows you that little things can often mean so much when you give people gifts. I know the last time i came back from the UK I brought back with me several hundred one penny coins. I then gave these out for free to members of the stamp club. The students were all delighted.

    I hope you don’t mind but I changed your link to point to thailandlife.com instead because Gor’s web site has a lot more information about what is depicted on each banknote. Hopefully you will be able to update your blog with that information. BTW, I just typed “thai money” in google and Gor’s site came out at the top of the list.

  2. Thanks Richard, your right! I used a similar word search and the same website from Gor (Panrit now remember ;)) came up but I used the other one because I liked the colors and images of the Baht notes better..sorry.

    It didn’t even register the first one was a thailandlife.com site. Just goes to show what only three hours sleep in the last 24 can do for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Gors website does have more complete information and I can update my blog with it, probably in the morning after some sleep and my morning coffee haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Tell Gor I said hello and you both can expect an important e-mail from me this weekend so stay tuned.

    Night-

    Wit

  3. I particularly like the modern B50 notes that have a small oval shaped? transparent panel in them. One thing I have not seen in Thailand since the 1980’s is Satang coins -are these still used ?

  4. I was working in Thailand when the current 50 baht notes was introduce. I remember they used to sell it in the market (lai lai sap) near the place I work..

  5. Khun Don –

    I like the Satang coins also and in particular the 10 Baht coin. A friend of mine here in DC offered to give me one once but I turned him down. I wish I hadn’t now.

    Wit

  6. It’s the portrait of King Rama the IV that on the back of 50 bath note. The globe and telescope were represent of his glorious for solar eclipse prediction in August,18th 1868. He was predicted that “it will be a solar eclipse on August, 18th 1868 for 6 minutes 45 seconds” and 2 years later it was and didn’t miss a second!.