Leica M6 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 50th Anniversary of His Coronation
Edition with matching Gold-plated Summicron-M 1:2.0/50mm, 1996


Header bar using the recent 2006 barge design of 60th year anniversary celebration of Thai King in succesion to the throne.


Leica M6 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 50th Anniversary of His Coronation GOLD Edition with matching Gold-plated Summicron-M 1:2.0/50mm, 1996 with certification
Thailand has a very much loved Monarch in King Bhumibol Adulyadej (affectionately call as "Nai Luang" or "Chao Yu Hua" by Thai folks or referred as RAMA IX by foreigners as the Ninth Reign successor of the Chakri dynasty which began ruling of Thailand back in 1782 during the Ratthanakosin era.

Born in 5th December, 1927 and at current age approx. 80 years old, His Majesty King of Thailand had his Coronation held back in 6th May, 1950 and is the cuurent world's longest-serving monarch in the world. However, not many people would know the King was actually born in Massachusetts, US and educated primarily in Switzerland. The King has implemented many Royally-initiated projects to look after the poor and underdeveloped remote regions in Thailand over the last few decades. He even had gave up living in luxuriously decorated Royal Palace and converted converted royal garden in the premises as a agricultural research centre. One known favorite residence of His Majesty was a simple 2 storeyed beach front wooden pavilion,
Maruekatayawan Palace which is located in a small seaside town of Hua Hin. During recent years, due to old age related issues, the King is spending most of this time there.

M6 Gold Crest
Trust me, you can ignore whatever slightest negative remarks western media had on the King, His Majesty is immensely popular and hugely respected figure in the Buddhist dominated Kingdom to an extend that, he is revered as a semi-divine figure by the people of Thailand. On the other hand, the Thai King is also an accomplished musician, artist, as well as long known to be a keen photographer. Whether he is at field work supervising rural development projects or damage control on any sudden occurring natural disaster and/or travels, he always has a camera with him, recording places, events and happenings within his Kingdom for personal interest and/or as official project references.

The Holy Shrine for the Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Kaeo in side Royal Palace, Bangkok

The Royal Palace for Thai / Siamese King in Bangkok
King Bhumibol ascended to the throne following the death of his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, on 9 June 1946 (but Official Coronation was held later at 6th May, 1950). In 1996, it marked as the 50th anniversary of his coronation. Although the more recent Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary was more publicized ; the special occasion back in 1996 was equally memorable (as Internet was not as popular at that stage, sad to read not too many information was recorded via the medium). The Thai probably understood well with interest of the King, one of the many events held by the Thai public for their beloved King was a special edition of a LEICA M6 with a gold outfit.
Thailand is just next to Malaysia. I have been to this Buddhist Kingdom numerous times over the last 30 years and was quite well verse with this Nation with strong, proud in raw oriental culture and custom. It was absolutely wrong perception to relate King Bhumibol himself had ordered the make of a special edition of LEICA as part of celebration held back in 1996. In many ways, photography has a very huge following among Thai public, in fact the Royal Photographic Society of Thailand (RPST) has the King as Royal patronage. In 1997, Thailand, along with many other Asian Nations had experienced the worst financial crises ever due to excessive foreign debt exposure; I was given a news clip of the mentioned edition during that period but had not took notice of the details. All I can recall was the issued of a Limited Edition of 700 units gold plated finishing LEICA M6 which came with a matching SUMMICRON-M 1:2/50mm also in gold plated finish and they were being auctioned in a community welfare fund raising dinner held and has the The King as patronage. I remembered it has three categories but not sure if there were three separate configured editions or the same edition auctioned out and/or auctioned via by special Serial Number appeared in the series. (I have written to RPST as well as Bangkok Post editorial section had asked for assistance, awaiting for a reply).

NOTE: 1996 was the 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Year; the more recent and well publicized event in 2006 was the Diamond Jubilee year in commemoration of 60th year of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in succession to the throne as RAMA IX of the Chakri Dynasty. A good reference to the 2006 event was recorded via Bangkok Post dedicated section for this special Royal occasion. Off the record, I also had developed a personal Thai Buddhist Amulet site.

Special Anniversary Coronation  Emblem for Thai King, 1996 on wooden presentation box Special Anniversary Coronation  Emblem for Thai King, 1996 on camera top plate

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