The government yesterday authorised the National Bank of Cambodia to circulate the newly-printed 15,000 riel note featuring King Norodom Sihamoni ahead of his coronation anniversary on October 29.
Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen and NBC Governor Chea Chanto visited King Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath at the Royal Palace to show them a sample of the note. It featured images commemorating the King’s October 29, 2004 coronation.
The circulation of the new note was authorised by Mr Hun Sen, who issued a sub-decree.
“[The government] has allowed the circulation and use of the 15,000 riel [$3.75] note across the country,” he said in the sub-decree.
Mr Hun Sen also ordered the Council of Ministers and other government institutions to implement the sub-decree.
Mr Hun Sen yesterday at the Peace Palace handed out the new notes to high school students who scored As in their national exam.
He said it was to mark the anniversary of the King’s coronation day.
“This banknote is to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Royal Coronation of His Majesty the King,” Mr Hun Sen said. “We can start using it today.”
The NBC yesterday announced that the new note is 170-mm long and 75-mm wide. It has three dominant colours – purple, pink, and blue.
An image of King Sihamoni is displayed on one side of the note, while the other side displays an image of the King on his coronation day together with his parents.
Below it, a sentence reads: “Congratulations for the 15th Anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni (29 October 2004-29 October 2019).”
It also displays an image of the Win-Win Monument.
Him Yun, coordinator for the Coalition for Integrity and Social Accountability, yesterday said the new note is to promote the King’s legacy.
However, Mr Yun noted that people who do not know about the new bill might get confused because the denomination is unfamiliar.
“I think 20,000 or 30,000 would have been more comforting for people,” he said. “Aside from printing the new note, we should hold a big event to celebrate coronation day.”
King Sihamoni succeeded his father, King Norodom Sihanouk, after King Sihanouk abdicated the throne on October 29, 2004. October 29 is designated as a public holiday.
It is not the first time NBC issued a new note celebrating the life of King Sihamoni. Last year, it issued a 20,000 riel note during the King’s 66th birthday on May 14.