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RBI Launches new 500 and 2000 series banknotes

by Vinodh Reddy

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) introduced new design banknotes in the denomination of ₹ 500 and ₹ 2000 as part of Mahatma Gandhi(New) series, after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise announcement of demonetization of ₹ 500 and ₹ 1,000 note to break the back of black money hoarders and counterfeiters.

₹500 notes new series:

The new ₹500 banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series are different from the present series in colour, size, theme, location of security features and design elements. The size of the new note is 66mm x 150mm. The colour of the notes is stone grey, and the predominant new theme is Indian heritage site – Red Fort.

Obverse:

new 500 rupee note features
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1. See-through register in denomination numeral.
2. The latent image of the denomination numeral.
3. Denomination numeral 500 in Devnagiri.
4. Orientation and relative position of Mahatma Gandhi portrait changed.
5. Windowed security thread changes colour from green to blue when the note is tilted.
6. Guarantee clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause and RBI emblem shifted towards right.
7. Portrait and electrolyte watermarks.
8. Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side.
9. Denomination in numerals with Rupee Symbol in colour changing ink (green to blue) on the bottom right.
10. Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right.

For visually impaired:
Intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and identity mark continue.
11. Circle with ₹500 in raised print on the right.
12. 5 bleed lines on left and right in raised print.

Reverse:

500-note-backside


13. Year of printing of the note on the left.
14. Swachh Bharat logo with the slogan.
15. Language panel towards the centre.
16. Red Fort – an image of Indian heritage site with Indian flag.
17. Denomination numeral in Devnagiri on the right.

To view features of the New ₹500 Notes in animation visit https://paisaboltahai.rbi.org.in/rupees-five-hundred.aspx

₹2000 notes new series:

The new denomination of 2000 has the motif of the Mangalyaan on the reverse, depicting the country’s first venture into interplanetary space. The base colour of the note is magenta. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both on the obverse and the reverse. The size of the new note is 66mm x 166mm.

Obverse:

new 2000 rupee note features


1. See-through register in denomination numeral 2000 can be seen when the note is held against the light.
2. The latent image of the denomination numeral 2000 which can be seen when the banknote is held at 45-degree angle at the eye level.
3. Denomination numeral 2000 in Devnagiri.
4. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in the centre.
5. Micro letters ‘RBI’ and ‘2000’.
6. Colour shift windowed security thread with inscriptions ‘भारत’, ‘RBI’ and 2000. Colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is titled.
7. Guarantee clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause and RBI emblem towards the right.
8. Portrait and electrolyte watermarks.
9. Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side.
10. Denomination in numerals with Rupee Symbol, ₹2000 in colour changing ink (green to blue) on the right.
11. Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right.

For visually impaired:
Intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and an identification mark.
12. Horizontal rectangle with ₹2000 in raised print on the right.
13. 7 angular bleed lines on left and right in raised print.

Reverse:

2000-note-back-side


14. Year of printing of the note on the left.
15. Swachh Bharat logo with the slogan.
16. Language panel towards the centre.
17. Red Fort – an image of Indian heritage site with Indian flag.

To view features of the New ₹2000 Notes in animation visit https://paisaboltahai.rbi.org.in/rupees-two-thousand.aspx

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