Take note: Indonesia issues vibrant new rupiah bills

Photo: bi.go.id
Photo: bi.go.id

For those who haven’t gone fully digital, take note that Bank Indonesia (BI) this morning launched a new set of rupiah bills — the first since the major redesign in 2016.

The central bank introduced seven fresh bills, for IDR100K, IDR50K, IDR20K, IDR10K, IDR5K, IDR2K and IDR1K. No new coins for smaller denominations were introduced.

The latest bills feature the same national heroes as the 2016 issue but with more vibrant colors. Most importantly for us muggles, however, is that the IDR2K note now has a purplish tint instead of a greenish tint like in the previous version, which had led to many a mix up with the green IDR20K bill.

BI also said that the new bills are made of more robust materials and that they boast more advanced anti-forgery features involving UV lights.

The 2016 bills, as well as some issued since 2005, are still valid transactional tools until they are entirely withdrawn from circulation. 

You can sign up to exchange your old bills for the 2022 edition here and check out what bank notes and coins are valid in the country here.


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