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Features of the New Currency Notes

Post demonetization, RBI issued currency notes of Rs.2000 and Rs.500 under the new Mahatma Gandhi series of notes. These newly released notes are entirely different from the previous higher denomination banknotes, and has a number of additional security features. It is true that some inexact information has also been circulated on social media platforms following the devaluation of Rs.500 (old currency) and Rs.1000 notes. For example, there were rumors on social media about chips being embedded into the new currency notes, which was later dispelled by RBI in an official statement. This article intends to highlight the prime features of the newfangled currency which would solve some of the common queries of public. Here’s everything you need to know about the freshly minted Rs.500 and Rs.2000 notes.

Features of Rs.2000 notes

Front face

  • Holding the note in a latent position one can see two thousand printed in 4 places with different colored ink and typesetting
  • Picture of Mahatma Gandhi on the front side
  • A see through register on the left side with the numeral 2000
  • Security thread passing straight up with the letterings RBI, Bharat, and 2000
  • Promise clause attested by the RBI governor along with the RBI emblem
  • Watermarks of Mahatma Gandhi’s image and the numeral 2000 on the right side
  • Number panel on the bottom right and top left with font size of digits increasing from one after another

Reverse face

  • The Rs.2000 note bears an image of Mangalyaan on the reverse side, which represents India’s venture into the Mars orbit.
  • Year of printing
  • Language panel
  • Swachh Bharat logo on the bottom left along with the slogan in Hindi

The Rs.2000 note also has features for visually impaired with a raised print of Rs.2000 on the right and seven bleed lines.

Features of Rs.500 notes

Front face

  • The new Rs.500 note comes in a stone grey color and is of the size 66mm x 150mm
  • Intaglio print of Mahatma Gandhi’s image
  • 5 bleed lines on both the sides
  • See through register in the bottom left
  • Security thread that changes color from blue to green when held in different positions
  • Promise clause signed by the RBI governor along with the RBI emblem
  • Electrotype watermarks
  • Number panel on the bottom right and top left with font size of digits increasing from one after another

Rear face

  • The rear side of the note has an image of the Red Fort along with Indian flag
  • Year of printing
  • Language panel
  • Swachh Bharat logo and slogan

The features for visually impaired include a raised print of Rs.500 on the right and five bleed lines.

Languages on the new currency notes

Each of the new currency notes has the denominations written in 17 languages. On the front side it is written in Hindi on the top while on the reverse it’s written in English. The other 15 regional languages are printed in the language panel on the reverse side of the currency note. The language panel has denomination printed in the following languages from top to bottom: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

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