Purchasing Power *

Burmese Currency

The Union Bank of Burma issued Burmese Currency notes backed by Gold Reserves.

The bills were signed by authorities (e.g. Sithu U Kaung, U San Lin).

One US dollar traded at 5 – 6 kyats, and one Sterling pound around 12 – 13 kyats.

Old Receipt from 1979

The Old Receipt (for 146 Kyats and 50 Pyas) is a testament of the purchasing power in the 70s.

It was for a farewell dinner for Saya U Myo Win (M/Ag65) by 25 members of the RIT Automobile Club.

Decline in the value of the Kyat

Three rounds of Demonetization, mismanagement, … saw a huge decline in the value of the Kyat.

Snap shots of the exchange rate :

  • 1 Kyat = 4 (or more) Bahts (Early days)
  • 1 Kyat = 1 Baht (Baht Taik Kyat Taik Khit)
  • 4 (or more Kyats) = 1 Baht

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