Bank of Thailand Museum impressed with Aamlid collection of artwork, master banknotes and specimens

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Representatives from the Bank of Thailand Museum recently paid a visit to coin and banknote collector Jan Olav Aamlid to have a look at his collections. In 2001/2, the BOT Museum marked the 100 year anniversary of Thai banknotes with an interesting and educational exhibit, which included 57 banknotes from Jan’s collections.

Bank of Thailand Museum is now planning a new exhibit to be opened in 2016 based on their collections. To make the exhibit more interesting they plan to borrow coins, medals and banknotes from institutions and private individuals.

(L to R) Museum Specialist Sanchai Wongsarawanee, Team Executive Sumaivadee Merkasut, Senior Curator Suwapak Piriyapolkai and Jan Olav Aamlid studying the collection of artwork, master banknotes and specimens of Thai banknotes.(L to R) Museum Specialist Sanchai Wongsarawanee, Team Executive Sumaivadee Merkasut, Senior Curator Suwapak Piriyapolkai and Jan Olav Aamlid studying the collection of artwork, master banknotes and specimens of Thai banknotes.

The representatives from Bank of Thailand Museum, Team Executive Sumaivadee Merkasut, Senior Curator Suwapak Piriyapolkai and Museum Specialist Sanchai Wongsarawanee, found Jan Olav Aamlid’s collection of artwork, master banknotes and specimens very interesting. The notes were telling the story behind the Thai banknotes.

The representatives suggested that Jan should make a book about the story behind Thai Banknotes, something that is well underway together with journalist Jan Lund.

(L to R) Museum Specialist Sanchai Wongsarawanee, Senior Curator Suwapak Piriyapolkai and Team Executive Sumaivadee Merkasut present Jan Olav Aamlid with gifts from the Bank of Thailand.(L to R) Museum Specialist Sanchai Wongsarawanee, Senior Curator Suwapak Piriyapolkai and Team Executive Sumaivadee Merkasut present Jan Olav Aamlid with gifts from the Bank of Thailand.

The Bank of Thailand Museum is located in the Banghhunprom Palace. It was originally a royal residence of H.R.H. Prince Paribatra Sukumbandh, a son of King Chulalongkorn. It was later used as government offices until it became the office premise of the Bank of Thailand in 1945.

Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit graciously presided over the opening ceremony of the Bank of Thailand Museum on 9th of January 1993. The exhibit at the museum shows Thai money, the history of the Bank of Thailand, its roles and responsibilities, note printing and the story of H.R.H. Prince Paribatra Sukumbandh. The museum has been regularly upgraded.