People across the country flocked to state treasury offices, state and commercial banks in Bangkok and the provinces to place orders for the Rama IX commemorative coins in the first day today (Aug 22).
In Bangkok, interested people formed a long line of queue at the Treasury Department this morning to receive queue cards before official hour started at 8am. Many of them came since last night.
In the provinces, people also flocked to city halls to place orders for the coins.
But only 200 queue cards were available for orders today at the Treasury Department in Bangkok.
Three counters were arranged for people to place orders. The first counter distributes queue cards, and order forms to fill, while the second is a waiting line for queue call, and the third is to submit the order forms and pay money. They must also show their identification cards before placing orders.
According to treasury officials, one person is allowed three rights to place orders. Each right is for 1 gold coin, 1 bronze coin, 2 silver coins, and 3 cupronickel coins.
But the bronze coins are available for order only at the Treasury Department in Bangkok.
Most of the people queuing up at the Treasury Department said they intended to place orders for the cupronickel coins.
Those who missed the first 200 queue cards said they were willing to wait for the distribution of new queue cards.
The coins, marking the occasion of the royal cremation of the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej, are produced in four denominations:
50,000-baht gold coin (99,999 coins available)
2,000-baht silver coin (399,999 available)
3,000-baht bronze coin (39,999 available)
100-baht cupronickel coin (39,999,999 available)
The front side of each coin of all denominations features the image of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The other side of the coin features the royal crematorium with the cremation date October 26, 2017.
Patchara Anuntasilpa, director-general of the Treasury Department, said that the orders for the coins, except the bronze, can be placed at 19 banks and their branches from Aug 22 to Sept 30.
Those who want to place orders for all four denominations of the coins can do so at the Treasury Department, the Monetary Management Office in Pathum Thani, and Coin Museum on Chakrapongse road in Bangkok and treasury offices in 76 provinces.
For more information call Treasury Department 0 2278 5446; or Coin Museum 0 2282 0818.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)