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New banknote to feature image of Papuan hero

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Fri, November 11 2016   /  08:29 am

Frans Kaisiepo - Biografi pahlawan.comFor the first time since Papua and West Papua provinces (then collectively called Irian Jaya) became an integral part of the Republic of Indonesia in 1963, a picture of a hero from the country’s easternmost region will soon grace banknotes issued by Bank Indonesia.

“The image of Papuan hero Frans Kaisiepo has been set as the main image on the front of the Rp 10,000 [75 US cents] bill and this is the first time the face of a hero from Papua will be the main image of a rupiah banknote,” the head of BI’s Papua office, Joko Supratikto, said in provincial capital Jayapura on Thursday.

The announcement was made to coincide with National Heroes Day, which falls on Nov. 10.

He added that pictures of 12 national heroes had been chosen to be the main images of new rupiah banknotes and coins. “BI will issue seven rupiah bills and ...