1900, Thailand, Rama V. Silver Baht-Sized "Cremation of the Five Princes" Medal.
Mint Year: 1900
Reference: TTC p. 95. Rare!
Denomination: Medal - Cremation of the Five Princes
Condition: A minimal edge bump at 9 o'clock (reverse), otherwise XF!
Obverse: Central shrine with five sections, surrounded four different family emblems of the deceased royal family members.
Reverse: Two ceremonial umbrellas with a Dranog design above inscription.
This medal was struck to commemorate the King's first visit to Europe which was also the first time any monarch from Thailand had visited Europe.
Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (Thai: พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาจุฬาลงกรณ์ พระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว), or Rama V (20 September 1853 – 23 October 1910) was the fifth monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri. He was known to the Siamese of his time as Phra Phuttha Chao Luang (พระพุทธเจ้าหลวง – The Royal Buddha). He is considered one of the greatest kings of Siam. His reign was characterized by the modernization of Siam, immense government and social reforms, and territorial cessions to the British Empire and French Indochina. As Siam was threatened by Western expansionism, Chulalongkorn, through his policies and acts, managed to save Siam from being colonized. All his reforms were dedicated to Siam’s insurance of survival in the midst of Western colonialism, so that Chulalongkorn earned the epithet Phra Piya Maharat (พระปิยมหาราช – The Great Beloved King).
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