Bali Currency

The name for the Indonesia Rupiah was adopted from the Indian form of currency, the Rupee.

Prior to the Rupiah, Indonesia used the Dutch guilder from 1610 to 1817, when the Dutch East Indies

guilder was introduced. The Rupiah was first introduced during the World War II Japanese occupation.

Following the end of the war, the Java Bank briefly issued its own Java Rupiah as a replacement.

Preceding their independence, the Indonesian Rupiah was introduced on November 2, 1949 as the new national currency.

The Riau islands and the Indonesian half of New Guinea (Irian Barat) had their own variants of the Rupiah, but these were

incorporated into the national Rupiah in 1964 and 1971.

Devalued by inflation, in 1965 the New Rupiah was introduced at a rate of 1000 old Rupiah to one new Rupiah. More recently,

the Asian economic crisis of 1997-1998 depreciated the Rupiah's value by 35% in a matter of one night and was a major factor

in the overthrow of President Suharto's government. The Rupiah had traded at about 2000-3000 Rupiah per 1 US dollar, but

reached a low of 16,800 Rupiah per dollar in June 1998.

The Rupiah is a freely convertible currency, but remains plagued by high inflation. As of early June 2005, 1 US dollar is worth

approximately 14,000 Rupiah.


Used money bills are: 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000, 50.000, 100.000

Be aware that a 100.000 Rupiah bill is seen as "big" money. Usualy people cannot change back from 100.000 bills.


Therefore our advice is to carry 50.000,- bills.