Lookalike banknotes cause concern

Lookalike banknotes cause concern

Commemorative banknotes marking the Royal Coronation Ceremony of 2019 make their debut on Saturday. The set comprises 1,000-baht and 100-baht notes.
Commemorative banknotes marking the Royal Coronation Ceremony of 2019 make their debut on Saturday. The set comprises 1,000-baht and 100-baht notes.

Commemorative 100-baht banknotes have raised concerns that they could be mistaken for 1,000-baht notes.

Social media on Saturday was abuzz with photos of new 100-baht commemorative banknotes which have some gold colour, instead of the regular red colour.

The notes were issued by the Bank of Thailand (BoT) on Saturday to mark the Royal Coronation Ceremony of 2019. The front of the note depicts His Majesty the King while the back shows images of the ceremony.

There are two denominations, 1,000 baht and 100 baht, and the latter can be withdrawn from some automated teller machines (ATMs) across the country.


Many people who withdrew cash from the machines were surprised when they saw the gold 100-baht notes, instead of the regular red notes. The central bank said the notes are as legal tender as the red 100-baht ones.

According to social media, some people were concerned about a possible mix-up because the colour of the 100-baht commemorative notes is close to that of the 1,000-baht notes that use the brown colour.

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Vocabulary

  • abuzz: filled with noise and activity - เต็มไปด้วยเสียงดังอึกทึก
  • commemorative: a done in order to remember an important person or event - เป็นที่ระลึก
  • concern: to cause to worry - ทำให้กังวล
  • coronation: the crowning of a king or queen - วันฉัตรมงคล
  • denomination: a unit of value, especially of money - หน่วยเงิน
  • depict: to represent or show something in a picture or story - พรรณนา, บรรยายให้เห็นภาพ
  • latter: used for referring to the second of two people, things, or groups that have just been mentioned - อันหลัง,ครึ่งหลัง,ส่วนที่สอง
  • legal tender: legal to use as money - เงินตราที่ชำระหนี้ได้ตามกฎหมาย
  • lookalike: of a person/thing that looks very similar to the person/thing mentioned - คล้ายคลึง, ดูเหมือน
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