Bia Kud Chum


1 complete set BIA KUD CHUM - Thailand notes, the first and single municipality community banknotes, disposes
1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 BIA
( 1 Bia [Penny] corresponds to 1 Baht)
in a beautiful design (designed from the village head leader, a Buddhist monk!).
Thai inscription: „ BIA KUD CHUM, only validly for the trade in the community "
and with the signatures of the monk's head leader and the bank chief and the Control series number.
Bank head is Mrs. Buathong (ie, "Gold Lotus") Bunsri.
Perhaps still interested in where the selected currency unit "bie" came from.
"Bie" means originally shellfish and recalls the primitive shell money. The word is like so many Thai words from Chinese,
where even today, "pei" means shell.




~ date: ND (1999) ~
~ material: art paper ~
~ offset printing ~
~ blue rubber stamp ~
~ very rarely without stamp ~

Addition can be said,
from whom are the pictures on the notes were painted:

1, 20 & 50 Bie:
Schoolgirl Sujidta Weluwanarags
5 Bie:
Schoolgirl Nigawan Pragangäo
10 Bie:
Mr. Giengrai Bunphaworn




Meanwhile, me are known three different sets :

Without stamp
Stamped on the frontside left
Stamped on the frontside left and on the backside bottom middle


The six-digit serial numbers:

1 Bia
5 Bia
10 Bia
20 Bia
50 Bia



The portraits of the local children's art show:
The village of rural life, wonderful view over the village , paddy fields, buffalos at the work,
Monks get alms, natives exchange goods, children in schools, villager pray in the temple ,
the famous rockets festival and the folk doing the "drum dance".
Inscriptions in Thai tell the story of the municipal autonomy, sufficient more economically and lasting social development.

The longer text that appears on the notes is not really a Thai,
but the language spoken in the province of Yasothon "Isarn" dialect.

The text for example on the 1-Bie-grade is translated as:
We want to build together a new Chumchon (= place).
We help each other save for the future, then we will go well.
In our kitchen gardens growing many vegetables, what's left
(= What we do not consume itself), we sell within Chumchon.



The community of the monetary system, was created in 1998.
In a small village by the name of
Naso in the district KUD CHUM in Yasothon, in the north-east of Thailand
The notes, in an edition of altogether about 30.000 Bia were printed and led the local trade.
The system ran undisturbed and successfully, up to a headline in the Jare in 2000.
The bank of Thailand has decided that the BIA-KUT CHUM is illegal and corresponds to the money forgery.
It was so dramatic that one feared, the community can exclaim an independent state
and could be a threat of the national security . It was given orders to stop the BIA-CCS.
The municipality obeyed it reluctantly and changed the name of Bia (Pence) on Boon (virtue)
each note was stamped with a rubber-stamp "Boon" to give the problem situation.
Several non-organizations, academic institutes and legislators, later went to the village,
to study the system thoroughly and came to the realization, that system „ BIA-KUT CHUM CCS “ is rather an advantageous,
than a threat. It should serve as a case study for another community and one pushed the " bank of Thailand “,
to admit the BIA-KUT Chum CCS But still there it is no answer.
To this day the village SANTISUK, Naso still applies BIA KUD CHUM as a supplement to the Thai Baht.
A local market takes place every Sunday morning, where villager, altogether about 300 members in 40 households,
offer their goods for the sales and the exchange for Bia and Thai Baht .
The BIA-KUT CHUM is forbidden strictly for the trade with money or goods outside the community.

Only a few, (a limited number of notes are provided with rubber stamp "souvenir" and may be implemented for the purpose of the research.
Today there are about 2500 local monetary systems which one expels in countries world-wide.
BIA-KUT CHUM is first of its kind in the region of south east Asia.

BIA-KUT CHUM cares many controversial current news and becomes as a reference in different websites
at the international level discusses.

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Bia Kud Chum - with and without - rubber stamp