Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 currency notes issued by RBI bear new look, improved features

Mumbai: Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of high-value notes, the Reserve Bank on Tuesday issued new series of notes for the Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 denomination with improved features and newer sizes.

The Rs 2,000 note, which is a first under the denomination, will be called the 'Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series' and has the motif of the low-cost mission to Mars, the Mangalayan, on the reverse, the RBI said.

Specimen notes of new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

Specimen notes of new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

The base colour of the note will be magenta and the size of the note will be 66 mm by 166 mm, it said.

The new design in the Rs 500 denomination will be in a different colour, size, theme, design and location of security features, it said.

The note, measuring 63 mm by 150 mm will be in a new colour --- stone grey and the predominant theme will be Delhi's Red Fort, it said.

Both the new designs, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000, will be very friendly towards the visually-impaired by having features which make it accessible for all sections.

Earlier, Governor Urjit Patel said that the central bank has ramped up production of the new series of notes under the newer series.

The RBI has also started a helpline number for the citizens who may face any difficulties, economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das said.

Citizens can reach out to the RBI on 022-22602201, 022-22602944 starting on for any doubts and clarifications, he said.

Published Date: Nov 09, 2016 08:03 AM | Updated Date: Nov 09, 2016 08:04 AM

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