For the first time in history, Bank Indonesia issued Rp75,000 banknotes to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Indonesian Independence Day. The central bank had released 75 million pieces of the Rp 75,000 bill.
The new banknotes feature a portrait of founding fathers Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta, country's signature infrastructures, such as the Jakarta MRT, Papua's Youtefa Bridge, and the trans-Java toll road.
The other side of the note features nine Indonesian children in traditional clothes from various regions and a golden-colored map of Indonesia.
"The launch of this banknote is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of independence and to show our determination and optimism for a bright future of Indonesia," Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo said during the virtual launch of the banknote.
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the special edition banknote is not aiming to increase liquidity but express gratitude for the country's independence.
Indonesia's citizens over the age of 17 can purchase the notes online at pintar.bi.go.id. Those who already purchased can obtain their bill at BI branches across the country starting 18 August. BI is limiting the new banknotes sales to one billion per customer.
Before this launch, BI had issued three commemorative notes to celebrate the country's 25th, 45th, and 50th anniversaries.