The Thai Baht

The Thai Baht (฿) is the currency of Thailand. Though it is divided into 100 satang, you never really use those coins because there is next to nothing available for less than one baht. In fact, I’ve only ever seen one or two satang coins. At any rate, you can click on the picture to see it in larger detail or head past the break for more pictures and information.

In the picture above you probably noticed that – unlike US Dollars and very much like the rest of the world – each note has a different colour depending on its denomination. In addition, you may have also noticed that the 50 Baht note is newer than the others. Currently it is quite easy to find both versions and, other than the king’s portrait being updated, it’s not too much different from the older notes.

Personally, I love looking at currency because of all the intricacies a genuine note entails. Like a fine painting, there are always hidden secrets you might never have noticed without careful examination and study. Not only that, but each note has a history. Corporately, they each tell stories about the nation’s past that were deemed significant enough to bear the image of the sovereign (or perhaps others of historical and cultural significance).

For fun, compare Canadian, Thai and Nigerian (why not) notes. They are each made of similar feeling materials, but have a unique transparent portrait on them that can really only been seen under a direct light. It’s a really neat feature that I never really noticed before on my homeland’s currency until I was examining the Thai currency:

But the coins are just as interesting! You’ll notice that the king is featured prominently on every coin with famous temples featured on the reverse. It’d be fun to try and find each one of these sites, so I’ll look into that if I have any extra time. Either way both the king and the Buddhist Temples are highly regarded by Thais, so it’s worth taking a look:

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