New banknotes 500 and 1000 to complete the 17 series.
BANGKOK — The Bank of Thailand on Thursday released images of new currency bearing the portraits of King Vajiralongkorn, this completes the new series number 17.
The first set has entered circulation April 6 – the 236th anniversary of the founding of the Chakri dynasty – according to a statement released online by the central bank.
It were replacing the current banknotes that have displayed the face of King Bhumibol for 70 years, but the former currency will still be legal tender, the bank said.
The front of the new the banknotes show a portrait of King Vajiralongkorn in his air force commander uniform. All 10 past and current kings of the Chakri dynasty grace the back of each denomination in pairs beginning with the 20 baht note. King Vajiralongkorn and his father, Rama IX, are featured on the back of the largest bill of 1,000-baht notes.
The 500 baht and 1,000 baht bills have come out on the king’s birthday of July 28, 2018.
The federal bank also uploaded a digital collection of all past banknotes released under King Rama IX on their website.
Here is a list of all the bank notes in circulation.