70th Anniversary of King Bhumiphon's Accession to the Throne (2017)



 Issue Name:

70th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne (1st Series)

 Thai Issue Name:

งานฉลองสิริราชสมบัติครบ 70 ปี (ชุด 1)

 Issue Date:



To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Bhumipon Adunyadet's accession to the Throne

 Catalogue Number:



9 Baht

 Unused Value:

9 Baht

 Used Value:

2 Baht

 Thailex Collection:



30 x 172 mm

 Quantity of Stamps:



Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited, Thailand


A 17.2 centimeter wide postage stamp depicting six different portraits of King Bhumipon Adunyadet overseeing his royal initiative development centers and projects, with at the center of the stamp the emblem of the 70th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne, which consists of the King's Royal Cipher, along with the Thai regalia (fig.), of which the Sword of State (fig.) and the Royal Sceptre (fig.) are crossed behind the Royal Cipher, while the Golden Sandals (fig.) are placed at the bottom, underneath a pink banner with in the center the Thai text Chalong Sirirat Sombat Krob 70 Pih (ฉลองสิริราชสมบัติครบ ๗๐ ปี), i.e. ‘70th Anniversary Celebration [of the] Accession [to the] Throne’, and at either end of the banner the years BE 2489 (พ.ศ. ๒๔๘๙) and BE 2559 (พ.ศ. ๒๕๕๙), i.e. ‘AD 1946’ and ‘AD 2016’, which is itself underneath the Thai number ‘70’ (๗๐). Embedded in this emblem is reportedly a code that, when scanned using the correct application, generates a nine-minute video explaining the six Royal-initiated research and development centers. The video showcases the history, as well the work that these centers have carried out, which led to this stamp being described as a ‘living stamp’ with which one is able to interact. Said to be the ‘World’s Longest Stamp’ its symbolizes the King's lengthy reign, who at his death on 13 October 2016, served for 70 years and 126 days. The 9 Baht in the denomination of the stamp and the nine-minute length of the above described video, refer to this monarch's crown title, i.e. Rama IX, in addition of nine being an auspicious number in Thailand.

 Related Link:

Bhumipon Adunyadet, Rama IX, nine, baht, Royal Initiated Projects (1984), kakuthaphan, Phra Saeng Khan Chai Sri, Tahnphrakon, Chalong Phra Baht