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20 000 Riel

20 000 Riel -  obverse20 000 Riel -  reverse

© Micheal Linke

Features

Country Cambodia
King Norodom Sihamoni (2004-date)
Type Standard banknote
Year 2017
Value 20000 Riel
20000 KHR = 4.90 USD
Currency Second riel (1979-date)
Composition Paper
Size 155 × 72 mm
Shape Rectangular
References P# 70
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.

Obverse

Bust of King Sihamoni with intricate stonework background, naga head stone carving to the left. Foil hologram strip on the left side of the note. Wording in Khmer.

Lettering:
๒๐๐๐๐

ពីរម៉ឺនរៀល ๒๐๐๐๐
20000

Translation:
20000

TWENTY THOUSAND RIEL 20000
20000

Reverse

Library of Bantaey Srei, ancient ruins and Khmer stone guardian carving.

Lettering:
20000

๒๐๐๐ ពីរម៉ឺនរៀល ๒๐๐๐

Watermark

H.M. King Sihamoni, facing left, floral pattern to the right

20 000 Riel -  obverse

© Micheal Linke

Comments

This note was announced by Prime Minister Hun Sen, by a sub-decree, in honor of the 65th birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni. While issued as a commemorative, it was released as part of the general circulation upgraded notes in previous years.

The 10th-century temple of Bantaey Srei is one of the highlights of the Angkor Wat UNESCO World Heritage Site, although it is 30km well outside from the main temple complex and other ruins. Although it is smaller in scale than most of the other well known Angkor monuments, is perhaps the best preserved. It is made from red sandstone, a material that can be carved like wood. As the image on the note shows, this resulted in some finest, most intricate carvings in all of Angkor.

(Coin World Article, By Arthur L. Friedberg
Published: May 28, 2018)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017 

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