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About the currency
Coins and notes
The rupiah consists of coins in Rp 50, Rp 100, Rp 200, Rp 500 and Rp 1,000 denominations, and banknotes in Rp 1,000, Rp 2,000, Rp 5,000, Rp 10,000, Rp 20,000, Rp 50,000 and Rp 100,000. Because of the big numbers, Indonesian banknotes are used more than the coins.
Facts about the currency
- In 2014, the Indonesian Central Bank announced that the existing rupiah would be phased out as it was redenominated, and a new rupiah was phased in at the end of 2018.
- The word "rupiah" comes from the Sanskrit word for wrought silver: "rupya". The name was first used to denote a coin introduced by a 16th Century ruler in Northern India.
- The red 100,000 note features Indonesia's first Vice President, Mohammed Hatta, and first President, Sukarno. The Indonesian Parliament building in Jakarta is on the reverse side.
- The rupiah was first introduced to Indonesia after they declared independence in 1945.
- Abaca wood fibres are the preferred materials for printing banknotes on, but long fibres from any kind of wood can be used.
- The rupiah has been heavily devalued over the years and you may find yourself carrying large amounts of money around.