There is no Hammer and Sickle Symbol in New Rupiah Banknotes

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 10 Januari 2017
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Launching and Circulation of Rupiah Banknotes of 2016 Emission Year (Photo: PR)

Launching and Circulation of Rupiah Banknotes of 2016 Emission Year (Photo: PR)

The Governor of Bank Indonesia (BI) Agus D. W. Martowardojo reaffirmed that the newly lauched Rupiah banknotes do not contain the forbidden symbol hammer and sickle. It was extended by the Governor to respond the information and interpretation that spread in the community. Rumour says Rupiah contain the forbidden symbol. “Some people think that the logo of Bank Indonesia is a hammer and sickle symbol. Actually, the logo is cut diagonally so it forms irregular ornament,” Agus said as quoted from the press release of Bank Indonesia, on Tuesday (10/1) morning.

According to the press release, the logo is a rectoverso picture which is part of security features of Rupiah banknotes. These features aimed to facilitate the people to recognize the authenticity of the money as well as to prevent counterfeiting.

The rectoverso picture was printed using a special technic so that it splits at the front and back sides of the note. The banknote should be held up to a light to see the whole picture.“Rectoverso is commonly used as one of security features in various world currencies, considering it is difficult to be made and it needs a special printing tool,” the press release wrote while adding that in Indonesia the rectoverso has been used as Rupiah’s security feature since 1990s. In the meantime, the logo of Bank Indonesia has been used for Rupiah’s rectoverso picture since 2000.

The Governor of Bank Indonesia firmly said that Rupiah is one of sovereignty symbol of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. In this regard, Rupiah banknotes are signed by the Governor of Bank Indonesia as well as the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia.“Therefore, Bank Indonesia reminds the people once again to respect as well as treat Rupiah well,” Agus said.

For the record, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has officially launched the circulation of eleven banknotes of 2016 Emission Year at Bank Indonesia Building, Jakarta, on Monday (19/12/16) morning. It marked the circulation of these banknotes all over Indonesia.

The new currency consists of 7 (seven) notes and 4 (four) coins. The Rp100,000 note features the picure of the first President and Vice President, Soekarno and M. Hatta, the Rp50,000 note features the picture of Ir. H. Djuanda, while the Rp20,000 note features Dr. G.S.S.J Ratulangi.In addition, the Rp10,000 note features the picture of Frans Kaisiepo; the Rp5,000 note features the picture of Dr. K.H. Idham Chalid; the Rp 2,000 note features Mohammad Hoesni Thamrin, and the Rp1,000 note features the picture of Tjut Meutia.

Meanwhile, the coin of Rp1,000 features the picture of I Gusti Ketut Pudja, the Rp500 coin features the picture of Lieutenant General (Ret) Tahi Bonar Simatupang, the Rp200 coin features the picture of Dr. Tjipto Mangunkusumo, and the coin of Rp100 features the picture of Prof. Dr. Ir. Herman Johanes.

(Depkom BI/ES) (MMB/YM/Naster)

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