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How to check the new Rs500 and Rs2000 notes

  • December 26, 2016
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As the demonetization move threw the whole country in a tizzy, a lot of news has surfaced regarding the presence of fake ₹2000 and ₹500 notes in the market. While some of those fake notes were made by children, by photocopying the original, taking advantage of the people who had not yet seen the new notes, large quantities of actual fake money have also been seized, according to the news. Regardless of the truth or fallacy regarding these news articles, there is a lot of wariness in the population regarding the new notes.

Understanding the new ₹2000 and ₹500 notes

With the new notes have come new features that people need to learn about, so they too can check the new currency for fakes. However, according to the RBI, the new notes have a lot of security features that are rather hard to counterfeit, and there are many ways for the users to verify their notes. A few of these security features are:

  • Apart from the touch and feel of the new notes, there are bleed lines on the side of the notes that are in raised printing. There are seven bleed lines on the ₹2000 note and five lines on the ₹500 note.

  • The security thread on the notes changes from green to blue, when viewed from different angles.

  • The numerals 500 and 2000 on the right side of the notes also change color on being viewed from different angles.

The Distinguishing Features of the New Notes

2000 note

The new ₹2000 note is magenta in color and is a part of the Mahatma Gandhi series. The note has a motif of the Mars orbiter, Mangalyaan on the reverse side, and is 66 mm x 166 mm in size.



Features on the front

1. See through register with the denominational numeral 2000. The number is visible when the note is held against light.

2. Latent image with denominational numerical 2000. It is visible when the note is held at a 45 degree angle.

3. Denominational numeral 2000 in the Devnagari script

4. Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait in the center with a changed orientation

5. ‘RBI’ and ‘2000’ in micro letters

6. Windowed, color changing security thread that goes from green to blue at different viewing angles. The thread has Bharat, RBI, and 2000 printed on it as well

7. The guarantee clause with the Governor’s Signature towards the right

8. Watermarks for the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and the electrotype

9. On top left side and bottom right side, number panel with the numerals growing from small to big

10. Denominational numeral 2000 with the rupee symbol in color changing ink

11. Emblem of the Ashoka Pillar

Features specifically for the visually impaired:

12. Horizontal rectangle with 2000, in raised print on the right

13. Seven angular bleed lines on left and right side of the note in raised print

Features on the back side

14. The year of printing is mentioned on the left above the vertical Hindi denomination

15. Swachh Bharat logo and slogan

16. Language panel in the center

17. Motif of the Mangalyaan

500 note



At 63 mm x 150 mm, the new ₹500 notes are smaller than the old ones.

Features on the front (according to the above image)

1. See through register with the denominational numeral 500

2. Latent image of the denominational numeral 500

3. Denominational numeral in Devanagari script

4. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in the center with a changed orientation

5. Windowed, color changing security thread that goes from green to blue at different viewing angles

6. The guarantee clause (now shifted to the right) with the signature of the Governor

7. Portrait and electrotype watermarks

8. Number panel. The numerals grow from small to big. The panel is located on the top left and bottom right of the note.

9. The denominational number 500, with the Rupee symbol, in color changing ink

10. The emblem of the Ashoka Pillar

Features specifically for the visually impaired:

11. Circle with 500 in raised print

12. Five bleed lines on the left and right, in raised print

Features on the back side

13. Year of printing

14. Logo of Swachh Bharat with the slogan

15. Language Panel

16. Image of the Red Fort with the Indian flag

17. Denominational numeral is written in Devanagari font

As the circulation of the new notes increases, and the news of fake currency keeps up, it is important that you are armed with the knowledge of how to identify the new currency in circulation. Also, in case you receive fake notes from someone or even an ATM, do the responsible the responsible thing and bring it to the notice of the relevant authorities as soon as you can.

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