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Royal Decorations - 1st Series (1979) ●

 

 

 Issue Name: Royal Decorations (1st Series)
 Thai Issue Name: เครื่องราชอิสริยาภรณ์ (ชุด 1)
 Issue Date: 1979/2522-12-05
 Cause: To publicize the Royal Decorations
 Catalogue Number: 1979/26-33
 Denomination: 1 Baht, 1 Baht, 2 Baht, 2 Baht, 5 Baht, 5 Baht, 6 Baht, 6 Baht
 Unused Value: 45 Baht, 45 Baht, 40 Baht, 40 Baht, 75 Baht, 75 Baht, 80 Baht, 80 Baht
 Complete Set:  480 Baht (unused), 180 Baht (used)
 Thailex Collection: n/c
 Size: 45 x 27 mm
 Quantity of Stamps: 1 million pieces per design
 Printer: Joh. Ensched้ Stamps, Security Printers B.V., The Netherlands
 Subject: Four sets of se-tenant stamps depicting various Royal Decorations: A. Knight and Dame of the Most Auspicious Order of the Rajamitrabhorn (ราชมิตราภรณ์), the highest royal order of Thailand, which was established on 11 June 1962 by King Rama IX to be bestowed upon foreign heads of state. The insignia include, 1979/26: 1. a golden necklace or collar with a golden, chadah-style crown (fig.) with a radiating tip over a yan-sign (fig.), over a radiating sun-and-star-shaped pendant, with golden rays and star-like beams adorned with diamonds, and with at the centre, the emblem of the Chakri Dynasty, i.e. a trident with a chakra (fig.), in gold and finished with diamonds, all against a blue background, 2. a radiating sun-and-star-shaped broche to be worn on the left breast, with golden rays and star-like beams adorned with diamonds, and with at the centre, in gold, the figure of Narai (fig.) riding his mount, the Garuda (fig.), a scene that is sometimes also depicted in miniature on the trident of the Chakri Dynasty (fig.); 1979/27: a yellow sash with white and blue trims, to be worn over the right shoulder, and with a small pendant, similar to the one described above, i.e. radiating sun-and-star-shaped, with golden rays and star-like beams adorned with diamonds, and with at the centre, the emblem of the Chakri Dynasty, attached to it; B. Knight and Dame of the Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri, which was established by King Rama V to commemorate the Bangkok Centennial in 1882 AD, and to be awarded to members of the House of Chakri and foreign Heads of State. The insignia consist of, 1979/28: 1. a golden necklace assemble small emblems of the Chakri Dynasty, i.e. tridents with a chakra (fig.), that are entwined forming the chain, and a pendant that consists of a golden, chadah-style crown (fig.) over King Rama I's monogram and with a radiating tip in silver, above a large white chakra-shaped pendant, that is surrounded by eight small tridents and at its centre has a kranok-like motif made with diamonds on a golden bordered green and red circular field displaying the pathum unnahlohm (fig.), i.e. the personal emblem of King Rama I, the former General Chakri and founder of the Chakri Dynasty, while at the bottom is a banner, with the red circular field having a Pali-Sanskrit inscription which translates as: ‘the Reverence of Buddhism, our State, our Family, and our King is the way to develop our Country’, while on the banner are the letters (ร.จ.บ.ต.ว.ห.จ.), which stand for rao ja bamrung trakoon wong hai charoen (เราจะบำรุงตระกูลวงศ์ให้เจริญ) and means: ‘We will maintain and let prosper our Family Dynasty’; 2. a similar broche known as Star of the Order; 1979/29: a yellow sash, to be worn over the left shoulder, and with a small pendant, similar to the one described above and known as Chula Chakri, referring to Chulachomklao. However, unlike the pendant of the collar, which is topped with a royal crown, the top of the Chula Chakri pendant shows a set of Asdhawuth (อัษฎาวุธ), i.e. the ‘Eight Weapons’, crossed with a set of the Pichai Songkraam (พิชัยสงคราม), i.e. ‘Auspicious Military Weaponry’; C. Knight and Dame of the Ancient and Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems (Nopparat), established in 1851 by King Rama IV and to be bestowed upon members of the Thai royal family and distinguished high ranking officials, who have given service to the Kingdom or for services to his majesty personally. It is the highest royal decoration bestowed upon a commoner. The insignia comprises, 1979/30: 1. a ring of gold bearing the nine gems and formerly awarded to Thai generals who won an important military victory and also part of the royal insignia given the Thai monarch at his coronation; 2. a star-shaped broche, known as Star of the Nine Gems, and to be worn on the left breast; 1979/31: a yellow sash with a narrow red and blue trim, and wide green trim, for men to be worn over the right shoulder and with a small pendant, known as the Pendant of the Nine Gems, which is topped by a chadah-style crown. For women, this pendant attached to a silk ribbon, worn on the front left shoulder; D. Knight and Dame Grand Cross of the Most Illustrious Order of Chulachomklao, established on 16 November 1873 AD by King Rama V to commemorate the 90th Jubilee of the Chakri Dynasty. The insignia include, 1979/32: 1. a golden collar assembled of sixteen times the Royal Cypher of King Rama V in pink enamel, corresponding to Tuesday as the birthday colour of this king according to the sih prajam wan-system, and seventeen gold rosettes fastened to each other by chain links. The centre of the collar has the emblem of King Rama V, depicting Erawan and a gold chadah-style crown with a starburst at the top, and flanked by two gajasingha (fig.) carrying multi-layered royal parasols called chattra (fig.). The whole piece is topped with white bows; 2. a star-shaped broche, which varies depending on the different classes and is to be worn on the chest. The one shown here has silver and gold rays, and a circular centre with gold, pink and blue; 1979/33: a pink sash that is to be worn over the left shoulder and that has a small star-shaped pendant, with pink rays and the royal portrait of King Rama V at the centre. It is topped by a chattra with a starburst at the top.
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