Bank Indonesia put into circulation a new series of banknotes on 17 August 2022, the 77th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Indonesia. The new notes include seven denominations: 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 Indonesian rupees. The occasion was marked with a launch ceremony in Jakarta, hosted by the government and Bank Indonesia.
The new banknotes retain the main visual designs of the previous series, with portraits of national heroes on the front, and natural and cultural images on the back. However, the Bank Indonesia explains, “The new notes…boast three innovative aspects, namely a sharper colour palette, more reliable security features and greater durability. The innovations ensure that genuine rupiah banknotes are easier to identify, more convenient and safer to use and more difficult to counterfeit, thus improving the quality and reliability of rupiah banknotes as a source of pride and symbol of sovereignty in the Republic of Indonesia.”
All are printed on a paper substrate treated with a protective varnish.
The new banknotes share some common security features:
- On the right and left edges are raised (tactile) slash marks to help the visually impaired identify the note’s denomination.
- Security thread between the watermark field and the character portrait (the two highest denominations feature a RAPID® HD micro-optic thread).
- A stylized flower (bottom left); the flowers of the two highest denominations are printed with SPARK® Live security ink.
Front and back sides:
- A watermark (a smaller portrait of the person depicted on the front side; an electrotype denomination number).
- A modified see-through register in the form of the central bank logo, above the bottom denomination and currency name.
- Designs that are visible under UV light.
All banknotes of the previous series in circulation remain valid. It should be noted that, in 2020 Bank Indonesia issued a commemorative 75,000-rupiah banknote to celebrate Indonesia’s 75th anniversary; that note is available to collectors but is not in circulation.
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