In this blog-ette, we’ll be taking a look at the Bhutan 100 Ngultrum p32a 2006 note. This country is located in South Asia on the eastern edge of the Himalayas. Bhutan is known for its dzongs (fortresses), rich culture and remarkable landscapes. This note is our current featured note and is offered at a discounted price for a limited time!
The 100 Ngultrum note includes English and Dzongkha text. Dzongkha is a Sino- Tibetan language and is the official language of Bhutan. On the front of this note you will see Norbu Rimpochhe, one of the seven auspicious gems, flanked by Bja Tshering, a mythical bird of long life. The “bird of long life” illustrates the natural connection between the people of Bhutan, their culture and the conservation of nature. In addition, the front right side of the note features Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the 4th king. Jigme Singye Wangchuck was king from 1972 until he abdicated the throne in 2006 allowing his son to succeed him. Most notably during his reign, Wangchuck democratized Bhutan by relinquishing absolute authority and setting up the Council of Ministers.
The back of this note displays Tashichho Dzong, the seat of parliament in the capital of Thimphu. Tashichho Dzong was first constructed in 1216 A.D., and has been rebuilt and added to over the centuries. Since 1952, the dzong has acted as the seat of parliament. This fortress houses the throne room, office of the king, the secretariat, and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Above Tashichho Dzong, in the upper corners of the note is the depiction of two dragons. The thunder dragon or Druk as it is known in Bhutanese culture is one of the national symbols of Bhutan, and also appears in the center of the national flag.
I appreciate the inclusion of the cultural elements on both the front and the back of the note. This note showcases the importance of culture and nature to the people of Bhutan, and for a limited time, you can add this show stopping note to your collection for a discounted price!
After this blog-ette was read by one of our wonderful customers, he sent us some additional information (information not verified) and some great photos. Take a look at these awesome additions below:
King Jigme of Bhutan was educated at Oxford University. A down to earth prince, he only used bicycles while studying in the UK. The country has a surplus of energy from hydro nuclear power, and sells the power supply to both China and India. Rather than focusing the country on GDP, King Jigme put focus on Bhutan’s Happiness Index which resulted with Bhutan having the highest happiness index in the world. Bhutanese spend their daily lives praying rather than working. To control the modern civilizations from destroying the country’s traditional way of life, the government allowed only one Starbucks in the country. People prefer to walk rather than drive; therefore, the country does not need traffic lights. Instead, traffic is directed by police with whistles. Bhutan also made tourism to the country very expensive by setting a visa fee at $200 per day. Roughly nearly two years ago, Bhutan opened a Six Senses Resort Hotel, a six-star hotel with several locations worldwide.
Denomination: 100 Ngultrum
Pick #: 32a
Other Info: Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan
Depictions: King Jigme Dorji Wangchick; Dzong Palace
Note Size: 5 3/4″ x 2 3/4 “
Continent: Asia and the Middle East
Watermark: King Jigme Dorji Wangchick