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Banten (Indonesia)

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[Banten, Java] image located by Jens Pattke, 17 February 2008
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Banten Flag

A photo of the flag of the "new" Indonesian province of Banten can be found at It is a green flag with the coat of arms.
Jens Pattke, 17 February 2008

Banten, Java (Bantam)

[Bantam, Java] image by John McMeekin, 11 August 2015

Bantam/Banten (historical)

[Bantam, Java] image by Jaume Ollé, 17 January 2000

Description of the flag

This is a well known flag. Banten is a city in the north of Java, and was a Dutch factory in the XVII century. It was capital of a native sultanate, and later was annexed by the Dutch. Its importance decreased in favour of Batavia. The flag is probably that of the Sultan. Yellow is frequently a symbol of royalty in this area (e.g., Brunei and some Malay states). This image, with minor variations, is known from several old plates. The version shown here is from a Japanese plate from 1876.
Jaume Ollé, 17 January 2000

The name was used as Bantam by the Dutch at the time the city flourished, but its native name was Banten. According to the Encyclopędia Britannica the estuary silted up and the city became a ruin.
Mike Oettle, 15 March 2007