Centenary of the Modern Olympic Games (1996)





 Issue Name:

Centenary of the Modern Olympic Games

 Thai Issue Name:

100 ปี การแข่งขันกีฬาโอลิมปิก

 Issue Date:



To commemorate the Centenary reintroduction of the Olympic Games, inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.

 Catalogue Number:



2 Baht, 3 Baht, 5 Baht, 9 Baht

 Unused Value:

5 Baht, 6 Baht, 9 Baht, 15 Baht

 Complete Set: 

35 Baht (unused), 25 Baht (used)

 Thailex Collection:

Unused set


45 x 27 mm

 Quantity of Stamps:

2,500,000 pieces for design A; 2,000,000 pieces each for designs B, C and D.


Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited, Thailand


1. Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin, the Paris-born Frenchmen, who in 1896 reintroduced the Olympic Games after its discontinuance for 15 centuries, and the Coubertin Stele in Olympia, Greece; 2. Ancient Greek vestal virgin priestesses at the Temple of Hera on Mount Olympia, who ceremonially lit the Olympic Flame onto a torch, with the aid of a concave mirror for focusing sunlight like a solar lens; 3. The Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, used in the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896, and the official Olympic flag, which is composed of five interlocking rings, coloured blue, black, red, yellow, and green on a white field, signifying the five continents that are joined together, since those were the colours that appeared on all the national flags that competed in the Olympic games at that time, and which was first introduced at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium; 4. A disc throwing athlete and in the background a gold medal for the winners of the 1896 Athens Olympic Games, with the Greek text Therinoí Olympiakoí Agó̱nes 1896 (Θερινοί Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες 1896), literally Summer Olympic Games 1896’.

 Related Link:

stele, Thailand's First Olympic Gold Medal, Centenary of the International Olympic Committee