A Thai banknote is called “THANABAT” in Thai and it is also called “BANK” in spoken language. Today series of Thai bank notes are 1,000 baht note, 500 baht note, 100 baht note, 50 baht note, and 20 baht note. On the obverse, we have King Rama IX, the current king of Thailand, printed on all notes; however, the size and color of the notes are different.

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Thai circulation banknotes

All Thai notes are 7.2 centimeters wide but less value notes are shorter than more value notes. 20 baht notes are green and 13.8 centimeters long. 50 baht notes are blue and 14.5 centimeters long. 100 baht notes are red and 15 centimeters long. 500 baht notes are violet and 15.7 centimeters long. 1,000 baht notes are brown & white and 16.3 centimeters long.

Thais call coins as “RIIAN” or “RIIANKASAAP” and we also have a slang word which is called “SEETTANG”. Circulation coins today are 10 baht coin, 5 baht coin, 2 baht coin, 1 bath coin, 50 sataang coin, and 25 sataang coin. There are 100 sataang in one baht. It is pretty similar to the US currency which 100 cents make a dollar. Therefore, 25 sataang is a quarter of a baht. The sizes of Thai coins are in the same system as Thai notes. Less value coins are smaller than more value coins. Thai coin in a shape of a disc and on the obverse shows the portrait of the King Rama IX as same as Thai note.

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Thai circulation coins
The reverses show the images of temples.

25 sataang coin is made of iron and coated with copper. The weight is only 1.9 grams so it is the smallest coin. The reverse
25 sataang coinshows the image of Phrabarommathaatjeedii, Nakooansriithammaraat. You might not see this coin often but you might get this for change when you go shopping at the supermarket or take a mini bus. Many Thai people do not want to keep this coin because it is rarely used only at the supermarket or on the bus.

50 sataang coinThe material of 50 sataang coin is the same as 25 sataang coin. The size of 50 sataang coin is a bit bigger than 25 sataang coin and the weight is 2.4 grams. The reverse presents the image of Prathaatdooaisutheep temple, Chiiangmai. The use of this coin is the same as 25 sataang coin which mostly found at supermarkets and mini buses.

1 baht coin1 baht coin is made of iron coated with nickel. The reverse shows the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Phrakaaew temple), Bangkok. Although, this coin is not valued much, you still can use 1 baht coin for something. For example, people can make a call to landline from a public telephone, get on a scale in a mall, or buy some gums or candies from a Mom and pop store.

2 baht coinIn 2006, when 2 baht coin was first produced, it was made of iron and nickel. The coin looks very similar to 1 baht coin because of its color and shape. This really confuses many people. Some people even have to write down the number 2 on the coin or some have to tape 5 coins together and use them for 10 baht. In 2009, due to the problem of the coin, Royal Thai Mint has to change the material to 92% copper, 6% aluminum and 2% nickel for changing the color to yellow; nevertheless, the reverse still shows the image of Sakeetraatchawooaramahaawihaan Temple, Bangkok.

5 baht coin5 baht coin is made of copper and nickel. It is weighted 6 grams. The inner edge has nine flat sides. The reverse presents the image of the marble temple of Bangkok. With 5 baht coin, people can use for buying some snacks, gums, drinks, or stamps.

The center coin of 10 baht is made of 92% copper, 6% aluminum and 2% nickel while to ring outside made of 75% copper and 25% nickel. The weight of the coin is 8.5 grams.
10 baht coinThe reverse of the center coin presents the image of the Temple of the Dawn, Bangkok. What can you get from spending 10 baht coin? You can get a bottle of water or some drinks like Red Bull, ride some air-conditioning buses and regular buses, or buy some food or fruits from street vendors.

The value of a coin today (May 2010) still can be used to buy something but in the future they would have less value that might make people not care about having coins.