Hi-tech 20-baht banknote coming Monday

If you get an unusual-looking 20-baht banknote next Monday, it's not an April Fool’s joke.

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Hi-tech 20-baht banknote coming Monday

This April 1st, if you get an unusual-looking 20-baht banknote, it's not an April Fool’s joke.

That is the day – this coming Monday – when the Bank of Thailand is issuing a new series of 20-baht banknotes.

The size will be the same as the current series, 72 by 138 millimetres, but if you look closely, you will find many differences.

The new notes have high-technology anti-counterfeiting measures, making it easier for counting machines, vending machines – and people – to identify. They also have Braille so the blind can identify their value. The watermark of the Thai numeral 20 is especially transparent when held against the light and the vertical green security thread embedded into the paper will change to the colour of red-purple when the user tilts the new banknotes.

The banknotes are made of better quality paper to allow them to be used for a longer time.

The back of the new banknote will have a portrait of King Ramkhamhaeng as a tribute to the great Siamese monarch.

The 20-baht banknotes are most used among the five denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 baht, according to the central bank.

Adapted from a story on bangkokpost.com

April Fool’s Day – April 1, a day in many countries where people like to play funny tricks on each other
issue – to officially give out  ออก
current – of the present time ปัจจุบัน
counterfeit – illegal copies made in order to trick people การปลอมแปลง
measure – an action that is intended to achieve or deal with something มาตราการ
vending machine – a machine which contains products that can be bought by putting in coins or banknotes ตู้ขายสินค้า  เช่นตู้ขายขนม ตู้ขายน้ำดื่ม ตู้ขายกาแฟ ในที่นี้หมายถึงเครื่องขายหวยอัตโนมัติ
identify – to recognise something and understand what it is พบได้, สังเกต, ระบุ
blind – unable to see ตาบอด
Braille – a system of printing for blind people in which the letters of the alphabet and the numbers are printed as raised dots that can be read by touching them  ระบบการพิมพ์อักษรเบลล์สำหรับคนตาบอด
watermark – a symbol or design in some types of paper, which can be seen when the paper is held against the light เส้นลายน้ำบนกระดาษ
numeral – a sign or symbol that represents a number ตัวเลข
transparent – allowing you to see through it  ที่มองผ่านได้ง่าย
vertical – going straight up or down from a level surface or from top to bottom in a picture, etc. ซึ่งตั้งตรง
security thread – a thin ribbon that is put into a banknote's paper to protect against counterfeiting (illegally copying)
embed – to fix something firmly in a surface or object ฝังลงไป
tilt – to (cause to) move into a sloping position ทำให้เอียง
quality – the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is คุณภาพ
portrait – a painting, photograph, drawing, etc. of a person ภาพวาดหรือภาพถ่ายคน
tribute – something that you do, say, or build to show that you respect and admire someone or something การแสดงความเคารพ ยกย่องต่อ
monarch – a king or queen  กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี
denomination – a unit of value, especially of money  หน่วยเงิน

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