The Bank of Thailand has issued a new 20 baht polyester banknote. The banknote is said to be resistant to moisture and dirt, resulting in longer shelf life. The central bank began distributing the shiny new baht dollars on March 24.
The BOT, as the Bank of Thailand, is abbreviated, announced that people used the 20 baht note most often, causing it to become dirty and damaged.
In order to offer residents cleaner and more durable banknotes, the material has been changed from paper to polyester, a special plastic that does not absorb moisture and dirt. Since the banknotes are now more durable, they can be used for longer, which will help reduce banknote production and be good for the environment.
The new banknotes have the same pattern and color as the old ones, but the texture is different because of the new material. The notes have a smoother, plastic-like texture that is also thicker and sharper than their predecessors. The new notes are also safer; they now have a transparent spot in a Thai pattern, which can be seen on both sides for extra security.
The accounts are mainly distributed by Siam Commercial Bank, as well as by some specialized financial institutions. In the meantime, the old paper banknotes can still be used as usual.
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