After the unexpected announcement made by PM Narendra Modi on the evening of November 8, 2016, regarding the scrapping of all ₨500 and ₨1,000 notes from Indian finance, there has been a surge of excitement across the country. The stated purpose behind this sudden bold step is to sweep off black money from the financial system. The government will be issuing newly bank notes of ₨500 and ₨2,000 from the 11th of November, which can be received by the public in exchange of old notes from banks and post offices.

This small article will brief you about the numerous features in the newly issued ₨500 and ₨2,000 notes. The notes will also have eccentricities that will make it convenient for visually challenged individuals to distinguish them. Moreover, care has been taken to ensure that fake notes with the same design cannot be printed.

General Features of ₨2,000 Banknote

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The new note measures 166mm x 66mm, and contains a motif of the Mangalyaan depicting India’s first interplanetary enterprise.

Obverse

1.Denomination 2000 printed on a see-through register which will be visible when the note is held against
light.

2.Denomination 2000 printed on a latent image that will be visible when the note is held at an angle of 45° to the eye.

3.Denomination 2000 printed in Devanagari numerals.

4.Picture of Mahatma Gandhi

5.‘RBI’ and ‘2000’ printed in micro letters.

6.Inscriptions ‘RBI’, ‘Bharat’ in Devanagari script, and ‘2000’, printed on a windowed security thread with blue-green color shift.

7.Right portion containing the RBI emblem with Guarantee Clause, Promise Clause, Governor’s sign.

8.Watermark of Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait accompanied by electrotype of ‘2000.’

9.Number panel from on the top-left and bottom-right with the size of digits increasing from left to right.

10.National emblem (Ashoka Pillar) on the right.

Reverse

11.Year when the banknote has been printed.

12.Logo and slogan of ‘Swachh Bharat’.

13.Language panel on the center-left.

14.Mangalyaan motif

Features to help the visually challenged

15.Mahatma Gandhi’s raised portrait, based national emblem (Ashoka Pillar) and identification mark.

16.Horizontal rectangle on the right containing raised imprint of ₨2,000.

17.Raised print of seven angular bleed lines on the left as well as right.

General Features of ₨500 Banknote

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The new note measures 150mm x 63mm, and contains an image of the Red Fort along with the Indian flag.

Obverse

1.Denomination 500 printed on a see-through register.

2.Denomination 500 printed on a latent image.

3.Denomination 500 printed in Devanagari numerals.

4.Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in a new position and orientation.

5.Print of “Bharat” in Devanagari script, “RBI”, and “500” on a windowed security thread with blue-green color shift.

6.Promise clause, guarantee clause, Governor’s signature and the RBI emblem with a right tilt.

7.Watermarks of Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait and electrotype of ‘500’.

8.Number panel on the top-left and bottom-right on the note, with size of digits increasing from left to right.

9.Denomination 500 printed on the bottom right corner with blue-green color shift.

10.National emblem (Ashoka Pillar).

Reverse

11.Year when the note is issued.

12.Logo and slogan of ‘Swachh Bharat’.

13.Language panel at the center-left portion.

14.Image of Red Fort and the Indian flag.

15.Denomination 500 on the right in Devanagari script.

Features to Aid the Visually Challenged

16.Raised Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait, based national emblem (Ashoka’s Pillar) and identification mark.

17.Raised circle with 500 printed on it.

18.Five raised bleed lines printed on left as well as right.

The complex eccentricities in the newly printed banknotes are a sheer reflection of the efforts and due consideration that the government has put with the motive of ensuring minimum possibility of illegitimate printing of currency.