MMK – Myanmar Kyat

Monetary System

1 Myanma kyat (MMK) = 100 pyas

Central Bank of Myanmar

All of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) notes are printed by the state-run Security Printing in Wazi (SPW), Myanmar (established circa 1972) under the technical direction of Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) on Giori multi-color intaglio presses. For those notes that bear the printer’s imprint, it appears repeated in a line of microprinted text beneath the base of the Chinthe statue on the front of the notes.
For more information, visit www.cbm.gov.mm.

2020 Issues

The Central Bank of Myanmar introduced a new 1,000-kyat note on 4 January 2020, the 72nd anniversary of independence.According to an article on The Irrawaddy dated 16 June 2020, the Central Bank of Myanmar will issue banknotes of all “14 denominations” bearing the image of General Aung San, although the article specifically cites only eight denominations from 10 to 10,000 kyat. In addition to the new designs, the notes will feature enhanced security features.On 18 June 2020, the Central Bank of Myanmar announced that it would introduce a new 500-kyat note on 19 July 2020, Martyr’s Day. No word yet on when other denominations will be introduced.

Description: 500.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 150 x 70 mm

Red and purple. Front: Burmese text; General Aung San wearing national dress with gaungbaung (cloth turban). Back: English text; Central Bank of Myanmar headquarters building in Naypyidaw. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBM 500 SPW.Watermark: General Aung San and electrotype 500. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WORKS (in microprint). 150 x 70 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 150 x 70 mm

Blue. Front: Burmese text; General Aung San wearing national dress with gaungbaung (cloth turban). Back: English text; Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) legislature buildings in Zeya Theddhi Ward of Naypyidaw. Magenta-to-gold windowed security thread with demetalized CBM 1000 SPW. Watermark: General Aung San. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WORKS (in microprint). 150 x 70 mm. Paper.

2015 Issues

This note is like the preceding issues, but with the denomination at lower right front expressed in Burmese numerals printed in SPARK, a new watermark, and a protective layer of varnish on both sides to extend the circulation life of the note.

Description: 10,000.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 150 x 70 mm

Blue, red, purple, green, brown, and yellow. Front: Burmese text; two elephants flanking laurel wreath with outline map of Myanmar; denomination in green SPARK. Back: English text; royal Palace of Mandalay with reflection on water. Magenta-to-gold windowed security thread with demetalized MYANMAR SPW. Watermark: Lotus blossom and electrotype 10000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WORKS (in microprint). 150 x 70 mm. Paper.

2014 Issues

Description: 5,000.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 150 x 70 mm

Purple. Front: Burmese text; walking elephant facing right. Back: English text; Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) legislature buildings in Zeya Theddhi Ward of Naypyidaw. Color-changing windowed security thread with demetalized SpwMYANMAR CBm. Watermark: Elephant and electrotype 5000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI CBM. 150 x 70 mm. Paper.

2004 Reduced Size Issues

These three notes are like the preceding issues, but they have been reduced in size, and the serial numbers and denominations have been repositioned as a result.

Description: 200.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 150 x 70 mm

Dark blue and green. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing left. Back: English text; mahout on elephant dragging log in forest. Windowed security thread with demetalized SPW. Watermark: Chinthe and 200. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 150 x 70 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 150 x 70 mm

Brown, purple, and brown-orange. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing right. Back: English text; men casting bronze, working on a statue of Maha Bandoola, and hauling water. Windowed security thread with demetalized SPW. Watermark: Chinthe and 500. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 150 x 70 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 150 x 70 mm

Deep green and purple. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing left. Back: English text; Central Bank of Myanmar headquarters building in Yangon. Windowed security thread with demetalized K1000. Watermark: Chinthe and 1000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 150 x 70 mm. Paper.

1990 – 1998 King Lion (Chinthe) Issues

Description: 1.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 110 x 55 mm

Gray, blue, and purple. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing left. Back: English text; regatta racing boats on Royal Lake, Yangon with Karaweik Hall building in background. Solid security thread. Watermark: CBM. Printer: (Security Printing Wazi). 110 x 55 mm. Paper.

Description: 5.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 130 x 62 mm

Dark brown and blue-green. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing right. Back: English text; chinlon (cane ball) players. Solid security thread. Watermark: Chinthe and 5. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 130 x 62 mm. Paper.

Description: 10.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 130 x 62 mm

Deep purple and violet. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing left. Back: English text; royal state barge. Solid security thread. Watermark: Chinthe and 10. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 130 x 62 mm. Paper.

Description: 20.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 146 x 70 mm

Deep olive-green, brown, and blue-green. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing right. Back: English text; elephant fountain in People’s Park, Yangon. Solid security thread with printed Burmese. Watermark: Chinthe and 20. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 146 x 70 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 146 x 70 mm

Red-brown, tan, and dark brown. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing left. Back: English text; seated lacquerware worker surrounded by bowls, plates, vases, and urns. Solid security thread with printed Burmese. Watermark: Varieties. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 146 x 70 mm. Paper.

Outmoded – 2012 Issues

Description: 10,000.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 150 x 70 mm

Blue, red, purple, green, brown, and yellow. Front: Burmese text; two elephants flanking laurel wreath with outline map of Myanmar. Back: English text; royal Palace of Mandalay with reflection on water. Windowed security thread with demetalized MYANMAR SPW.Watermark: Lotus blossom and electrotype 10000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WORKS (in microprint). 150 x 70 mm. Paper.

Outmoded – 2009 Issues

Description: 5,000.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 150 x 70 mm

Purple. Front: Burmese text; walking elephant facing right. Back: English text; Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) legislature buildings in Zeya Theddhi Ward of Naypyidaw. Windowed security thread with demetalized K5000. Watermark: Elephant and electrotype 5000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI CBM. 150 x 70 mm. Paper.

Outmoded -1990 – 1998 King Lion (Chinthe) Issues

Description: 100.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 146 x 70 mm

Blue-violet, blue-green, and dark brown. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing right. Back: English text; stucco workers restoring temple and grounds. Security thread varieties. Watermark: Chinthe and 100. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 146 x 70 mm. Paper.

Description: 200.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 167 x 80 mm

Dark blue and green. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing left. Back: English text; mahout on elephant dragging log in forest. Security thread varieties. Watermark: Varieties. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 167 x 80 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 167 x 80 mm

Brown, purple, and brown-orange. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing right. Back: English text; men casting bronze, working on a statue of Maha Bandoola, and hauling water. Security thread varieties. Watermark: Chinthe and 500. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 167 x 80 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 MMK – Myanmar Kyat Size: 177 x 80 mm

Deep green and purple. Front: Burmese text; squatting chinthe facing left. Back: English text; Central Bank of Myanmar headquarters building in Yangon. Windowed security thread with demetalized K1000 Watermark: Chinthe and 1000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI. 177 x 80 mm. Paper.

Extras

According to various press reports dated 14 November 2013, the Central Bank of Myanmar will issue banknotes bearing the image of the country’s late national hero—General Aung San—who is the father of Myanmar armed forces. The general’s portrait last appeared on the 35-kyat note issued in 1986 when the country was known as Burma.

Daw Khin Saw Oo, vice governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar, made the disclosure in the parliament in reply to a proposal urging the government to circulate the country’s bank notes bearing the image of General Aung San, reported Xinhua. “The central bank will issue bank notes bearing the images of country’s prominent leaders, buildings, landscapes and emblems with the permission of the union government,” she said.
No word yet on when the new notes will be issued.