19 Ancient Indonesian Coins Every History Geek Will Love

Coins have been the most widely used monetary format in history. And due to Indonesia's colorful past - full of Imperialism, political upheaval and economic volatility - it has produced an incredible variety of coins.

If you look closely, a lot can be learned just by looking at the constantly changing nature of coins.

Here are 19 fascinating coins from Indonesia's past...


1755

This Dutch East Indies artefact is called a "½ Duit"... Probably not worth much then but priceless now!

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1780

"1 Duit" again, from the Dutch East Indies.

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1804

This Sumatran relic is known as "1 Keping.Many merchants traded it in Singapore during the spice trade.

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1921

5 cents, from the Dutch East Indies.

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1942

Dutch East Indies, 1 cent.

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1945

A final gem from the Dutch East Indies era, 1/2 Cent

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1961

Indonesia, 50 sen - This was before the rupiah was the only form of currency

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1962

This special 1 sen coin was only used in West Papua. Nowhere else in Indonesia was Sukarno's head used on the 1 sen coin

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1970

Indonesia, 2 Rupiah - How little would 2 Rupiah be worth now?

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1972

 This medal was privately issued by a nickel mining company operating in West Papua! The medal was struck by the privately owned Sherritt mint in Fort Saskatchewan Alberta Canada

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Indonesia, 10 rupiah - Symbolising the "National Savings Program."

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1978

Indonesia, 100 rupiah - A coin for "Forestry for Prosperity."

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1979

Indonesia, 5 rupiah, - A coin commemorating the "Family Planning Program."

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1992

Indonesia, 500 rupiah.

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1993

Indonesia, 1000 rupiah. Perhaps modern Indonesia's most solid, sexy coin

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1994

Indonesia, 25 rupiah

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1996

Indonesia, 100 rupiah

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2003

Indonesia, 200 rupiah. Now we get to something more familiar!

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2010

Indonesia, 1000 rupiah - Celebrating the traditional Indonesian instrument, the Angklung

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