Monday, June 16, 2008

Determine the year of your Thai Coin

Do you have a Thai coin? When I lived in Laos for about 6 years I studied the language, reading and speaking. Thai and Lao language are similar, the writing which is both based on sanskrit are also similar. The Lao writing has been simplified and there are a several letters in the alphabet that has been removed while Thai kept most of it if not all. Thai Year is different from the Western calendar year which is.

Year 2008 is 2551 in Thai. The image below is Thai Numbers from 0 - 9
Here is a thai coin, 10 baht, or sip baht. The year is normally engraved or written on the upper write corner on the reverse of the coin. This coin is minted on 2550 which is 2007. The amount of the coin is written at bottom of the coin, first in Thai script then the word "bat" (Baht) followed by a number 10 in Roman numerals. I cannot remember what is written on the upper left of this coin. The other side would be the image of the current monarch.



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The image of the thai numerics are handwritten, the typed one would be a little closer to what is engraved on the coins itself.

Man said...

I found about a dozen Thai coins and got a couple dozen more from lots. It took me years to both find and read the dates.

I still have a few that I just can't get since the coin font is slightly different then the written font and typed font.

I got to remember your post next time I find Thai coin, great description.

June 20, 2008 2:18 PM

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  1. I found about a dozen Thai coins and got a couple dozen more from lots. It took me years to both find and read the dates.

    I still have a few that I just can't get since the coin font is slightly different then the written font and typed font.

    I got to remember your post next time I find Thai coin, great description.

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  2. Just ask me about your Thai coins or send an image I might be able to help. Pplus I have some contact friends down there in Thailand and Laos that help me once in a while when I need it.

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  3. You can also refer to this thai calendar datechart

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  4. Hi
    I have many Thai coin in my album

    Pls. spent a little time to see and comment it

    My Coin Album

    Thank you

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  5. thanks for the link. this is useful indeed

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  7. I got one in Dublin in change. It is almost identical in appearance to a 2 euro coin.

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  8. The reverse of the coin reads, "Prathet Thai" aka Kingdom of Thailand, and the "ป.สุ." stand for Patitin Suriyakati ปฏิทินสุริยคติ, which is the Thai Solar calendar and the year following it which in this case is 2550. Easiest way to date a Thai coin is to translate the numerical values and then subtract 543 to get the Gregorian Calendar year. Thus 2550 - 543 = 2007.

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  9. i don't know what year mine is but it is not that one if you could help me identify it it looks like it has the king on it and it says 1 urn what is a urn a cent or what i am confused?

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