The Treasury Department is producing commemorative coins in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony 26 October 2017. Thailand Post Company is also producing commemorative stamps for this historic event.
There will be four types of commemorative coins. The gold coins are priced at 50,000 baht, silver coins at 2,000 baht, smoked sandblast copper coins 3,000 baht, and cupronickel coins 100 baht.
The front of each coin features a portrait of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in full dress uniform wearing royal decorations. The inscription underneath says “His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.”
The back shows an image of the Royal Crematorium for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol. His initials “Pho Po Ro” are found above the image. The inscription under the image says “Thursday, 26 October 2017.”
As for commemorative stamps, three million sets will be issued. Each set consists of three sheets, with 13 stamps, and is priced at 99 baht. On the first sheet, there are nine stamps featuring portraits of His Majesty the late King.
The second sheet depicts three major components of the Royal Cremation Ceremony, namely the Royal Urn, Phra Yannamat Sam Lam Khan, or the Golden Palanquin with Three Poles, and Phra Maha Phicha Ratcharot, or the Great Victory Royal Chariot.
The third sheet illustrates the Royal Crematorium and the historic gathering of the Thai people in a candle-lit ceremony to pay their respects to His Majesty the late King at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground on 22 October 2016. The background of this sheet features Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, where the body of His Majesty King Bhumibol is lying in state.
The Treasury Department accepted orders for special coins commemorating HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation at the department’s provincial branches, banks, and state financial institutions, from 22 August to 30 September 2017. People who place orders will receive their coins at the place of their order from 29 January 2018.
Note: The Treasury Department has announced more production of commemorative coins marking His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation. The new batch became available for reservation from 18 September onwards. After the gold, silver, and copper commemorative coins that were previously produced were fully reserved by the public within two days, the Department decided to produce one more lot of the coins in response to the high demand. This time, 50,000 gold coins, 400,000 silver coins, and 40,000 copper coins will be minted.