What does it take to be the face of an Indonesian banknote?
Introducing new banknotes into circulation Mid-December 2016, the Indonesian government has continued to honour its heroes and heroines by having them present in our daily lives. We see them when we catch our cabs, to buy our coffee and our IndoMie. We see their faces on our bills, but their accomplishments and achievements are often forgotten.
Let’s take a minute to appreciate what they’ve contributed to Indonesian history…
Rp. 1,000 Bank Note
Cut Mutia, or in traditional spelling; Tjoet Meutia, was famous for her battles against the Dutch in Aceh during Indonesia’s fight for independence. Shot dead in 1910 during her struggles, Cut Mutia was proclaimed in 1964 as one of the National Heroes of Indonesia.
Rp. 2,000 Bank Note
Mohammad Husni Thamrin was a strong political figure in the 1930s and 1940s. He is often credited with popularizing the terms; Indonesia and Indonesians.
Rp. 5,000 Bank Note
Dr. KH Idham Chalid was a prominent political figure in the 1950s and 1960s. A leader in both religious activities and in the House of Representatives, you are only a Rp. 5,000 note away from seeing his face.
Rp. 10,000 Bank Note
Frans Kaisiepo is credited for proposing the name Irian for Indonesia’s half of the island. To return the favour, the International Airport of Papua was named after him!
Rp. 20,000 Bank Note
One of the first Indonesians to hold a PhD in Science, Dr. Gerungan Saul Samuel Jozias Ratulangi. He is also credited with first using the word ‘Indonesia’ in an official document.
Rp. 50,000 Bank Note
Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport is yet another airport named after a founding father of Indonesia. Djuanda Kartawidjaja was also the final Prime Minister that Indonesia has had.
Rp. 100,000 Bank Note
No introduction is needed for Sukarno, Indonesia’s first President. Similarly, not much more needs to be said for Mohammad Hatta, his prime minister. You’ll first experience their wonderful partnering when you touch down at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.