“People who want the official coronation pins can buy them here at Big C. I would also like to ask people to decorate their homes with a picture of The King and by posting the His Majesty’s royal standard,” Governor Phakaphong said.
Rattaphat Sinpul, Southern District Director for Big C Thailand, welcomed the Governor to the event.
Mr Rattaphat explained that only Big C has been granted the right to physically sell the Royal Coronation commemorative brooches.
“They are available at 30 Big C branches in five regions across the country,” he said.
The Big C on the bypass road is the only Big C outlet in Phuket to sell the brooches, he added.
Yesterday marked the opening of the “second round” of the sale of the brooches at the main Phuket Big C shopping centre, Mr Rattaphat explained.
The first round opened last Thursday (Apr 25), when 5,000 brooches went on sale.
Yesterday, 2,500 brooches went on sale, and tomorrow (May 2) the third and final “round” will see a further 2,500 brooches become available, he said.
The brooches cost B300 apiece.
“I am very glad to be the part of 2019 Coronation ceremony. This is a very important ceremony that will be remembered in Thai history from generation to generation,” Mr Rattaphat said.
The sale of all official memorabilia is being coordinated by the Treasury Department, which has set up an official portal for nominated vendors of commemorative items. (see Treasury web portal here.)
Meanwhile, Thailand Post has has been nominated by the Office of the Permanent Secretary under the Prime Minister’s Office as the only official online vendor for the pins.
People who miss out on buying a Royal Coronation commemorative brooch in person may still order them online via the Thailand Post official website.
Orders will be accepted until May 15. (See the official ThailandPostMart website, click here.)
The Office of the Permanent Secretary, under the Prime Minister’s Office, on Monday (Apr 29) warned manufacturers and sellers of fake coronation brooches that they could be jailed for up to 20 years and fined up to B400,000.
Sompas Nilphan, an Adviser to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, said the government has assigned his agency to produce and sell the coronation brooches to the general public.
All proceeds from the sales will go to His Majesty the King’s charities, Mr Sompas said.
The government has invited the public to wear the coronation brooches from April to July this year, he added.
“People’s demand for the coronation brooches is high, causing some sellers to sell them at much higher prices. The authorities have also found that there are fake coronation brooches being produced without permission and sold as genuine,” Mr Sompas explained.
“Makers and sellers of counterfeit coronation brooches could be jailed for a maximum of 20 years and fined up to B400,000, according to Article 240 of the Criminal Code,” he added.
Members of the public were asked to notify the authorities if they found counterfeit coronation brooches by calling the government’s hotline at 1111 (24 hours).