RBI issues new series of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes with improved features

The Reserve Bank of India on 8 November 2016 issued new series of notes for 500 rupees and 2000 rupees denomination with improved features and newer sizes. Both the designs will be very friendly towards the visually-impaired by having features which make it accessible for all sections.

The RBI said, 2000 rupees note, which is a first under the denomination, will be called as the ‘Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series’ and has a design of the low-cost mission to Mars, the Mangalayan, on the reverse. It said that the base colour of the note will be magenta.

The salient features of the banknotes will be as under

Obverse (Front)

  • See through register with denominational numeral 2000
  • Latent image with denominational numeral 2000
  • Denominational numeral २००० in Devnagari
  • Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre
  • Micro letters ‘RBI’ and ‘2000’ on the left side of the banknote
  • Windowed security thread with inscriptions ‘भारत’, RBI and 2000 on banknotes with colour shift. Colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted
  • Guarantee Clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause and RBI emblem towards right
  • Denominational numeral with Rupee Symbol, 2000 rupees in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right

Obverse (Front)

  • Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right
  • Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (2000) watermarks
  • Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side
  • For visually impaired
  • Intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and identity mark
  • Horizontal rectangle with 2000 rupees in raised print on the right
  • Seven angular bleed lines on left and right side in raised print

Reverse (Back)

  • Year of printing of the note on the left
  • Swachh Bharat logo with slogan
  • Language panel towards the centre
  • Motif of Mangalayan
  • Denominational numeral २००० in Devnagari
  • Dimension of the banknote will be 66 mm × 166 mm

2000 Rupees denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series

These banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series will not carry the inset letter and will be bearing the signature of Dr. Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India. The year of printing ‘2016’ printed will be available on the reverse of the banknote.
The Motif of Mangalayan on the reverse will depict the country’s first venture into the interplanetary space.  The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse.

500 rupees denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series

The new design in the 500 rupee denomination will be in a different colour, size, theme, design and location of security features. The note will be in a stone grey colour and the predominant theme will be Delhi’s Red Fort.

Source: Jagran Josh

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