World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings - Ancient Thai Money (1991)





 Issue Name:

World Bank/International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings

 Thai Issue Name:


 Issue Date:



To mark the World Bank's and IMF's annual meetings and to publicize ancient Thai money

 Catalogue Number:



2 Baht, 4 Baht, 8 Baht, 10 Baht

 Unused Value:

11 Baht, 15 Baht, 20 Baht, 20 Baht

 Complete Set: 

66 Baht (unused), 34 Baht (used)

 Thailex Collection:

Unused set


27 x 45 mm

 Quantity of Stamps:

3 million pieces for design 1 and 1.2 million pieces for each of the other designs


Leigh-Mardon Pty. Limited, Australia


Ancient Thai Money. Design 1: Silver coin from the reign of King Rama IV, issued in 1860 as the first flat coin of that reign. On the obverse side, it has the mongkut or royal crown, flanked by two multi-layered parasols or chattra, i.e. the royal emblem of Rama IV, while on the reverse side it has a White Elephant, the symbol of Siam, located in the centre of a disc or chakra, i.e. the symbol of the Chakri Dynasty. In the background is a silhouette of Wat Phra Kaew (fig.) in Bangkok; Design 2: Bullet money from the reign of King Rama IV, with the mongkut or royal crown embossed on the side and a disc or chakra, the symbol of the Chakri Dynasty, stamped on the top. In the background are the outlines of Wat Mahathat (fig.) in Sukhothai and Wat Arun (fig.) in Bangkok, an indication that this type of money was in use since the Sukhothai Period up to the Rattanakosin or Bangkok Period, until it was completely exchanged for the coin system in the reign of King Rama V; 3. On the left: double bracelet money, a type of money, which was used only in northern Thailand, sometime in the Lan Na Period, and known as ngun keuak mah, which is a type of ngun chieng; and on the right: ngun hoi (fig.), a type of money similar to ngun lahd (fig.) or ngun reua (fig.), and used by peoples that inhabited the Mekhong region, i.e. northern Thailand and Isaan, but longer and narrower at the centre than nugn lahd, and with a rim made of double dots that surround the edges. In the background is the silhouette of Wat Doi Suthep (fig.) in Chiang Mai; 4. On the left: Funan money; in the middle: Dvaravati money; and on the right: Srivijaya money. In the background is an outline of Phra Pathom Chedi (fig.) in Nakhon Pathom and Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya (วัดพระบรมธาตุไชยา) in Yala. In addition, in the top right corner each stamp has the logo of the World Bank's and IMF's annual meeting, which consists of a blue globe with white longitudinal and latitudinal lines, on a white silhouette of a lotus flower, which itself is centered onto an ancient photduang coin in a golden-brown colour. Underneath the logo in white print is the date 1991 and the text Bangkok, Thailand, while the entire logo is surrounded with a circular text in white print, of which the top half reads: Annual Meetings - Boards of Governors, and the bottom half: World Bank Group - International Monetary Fund.

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