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Two new banknotes are being issued by the Bank of Thailand to commemorate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen and the 60th birthday of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. 

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Birthday money

Two new Thai banknotes will soon be issued but it is likely that many of them will never be used. People will want to keep them instead.

The new banknotes, one with a face value of 80-baht and the other 100-baht, are being issued by the Bank of Thailand to commemorate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen and the 60th birthday of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Her Majesty's birthday is on Aug 12, while that of the Crown Prince is on July 28.

Central bank governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul said the bank will release 2 million 80-baht commemorative banknotes.

This will be the first time a banknote of this value has been printed.

The predominant colour of the special banknote is blue, the official colour of the Queen.

It is 80 millimetres wide, signifying the 80th birthday. A portrait of Their Majesties the King and Queen is on the front of the banknote.

On the back is a blue security thread imprinted with the number "80" which turns into a rose motif when tilted.

Mr Prasarn said the commemorative banknote will be encased in a hard-paper cover and priced at 120 baht each.

The banknotes will be available from Aug 9 onwards.

The bank will also issue 10 million commemorative banknotes with a face value of 100 baht to celebrate HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn's 5th cycle, or 60th birthday, on July 28 and circulate them in the financial system.

The front of the special edition 100-baht banknote will be identical to those currently in circulation.

The back, however, will bear a portrait of the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in full regalia and an illustration depicting the Crown Prince's investiture.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post

banknote – paper money ธนบัตร
issue – to give or provide something official แจกจ่าย
likely – probable or expected น่าจะเป็นไปได้
face value – the value of a banknote, coin, stamp, ticket, etc. that is shown on the front of it  ค่าแท้จริง,ค่าตามที่พิมพ์ไว้หน้าบัตร, มูลค่าตามตราสาร
commemorate – to remember someone or something officially ระลึกถึง
Crown Prince – (in some countries) a prince who will become king when the present king or queen dies ทายาทของกษัตริย์ที่เป็นผู้ชาย
predominant – most obvious or noticeable เด่น, มีมากกว่า
signify - to be a sign of something; to mean มีความหมาย
portrait – a painting, photograph, drawing, etc. of a person ภาพวาดหรือภาพถ่ายคน
security thread – a coloured thread (thin piece of metal, ribbon, string, etc.) running through the paper of a piece of paper money, used to prevent illegal copying (counterfeiting)
imprint – to print or press a mark or design onto a surface  ประทับตรา, พิมพ์
motif – a shape or pattern that is repeated in a design or decoration; an idea, subject or pattern that is frequently repeated
tilt – to (cause to) move into a sloping position ทำให้เอียง
encase – to surround or cover something completely, especially to protect it   หุ้มอย่างมิดชิด, ปิดด้วย
onwards – continuing from a particular time ต่อมา
circulate – to send to many different people หมุนเวียน
financial system – the system that allows the transfer of money, e.g., between savers (and investors) and borrowers ระบบการเงิน
identical – exactly the same, or very similar เหมือนกัน, แบบเดียวกัน
currently – at this time; now ในปัจจุบัน
bear – to show something; to carry something so that it can be seen แสดง
regalia – special clothes that you wear for a ceremony or official occasion  เครื่องหมายหรือเสื้อผ้าแสดงตำแหน่ง ยศหรือขั้น
illustration – a picture, drawing, or photograph used for decorating a book or explaining something ภาพประกอบ
depict – to represent or show something in a picture or story พรรณนา, บรรยายให้เห็นภาพ
investiture – a ceremony at which somebody formally receives an official title or special powers  พิธีมอบหมายอำนาจหรือตำแหน่งเป็นทางการ

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