November 13, 2016

How to identify original or genuine Rs.2,000 and Rs.500 notes?

How to identify original or genuine Rs.2,000 and Rs.500 notes? After some days you may find some fake Rs.2,000 or Rs.500 currency notes. Hence, let us understand the features of newly issued Rs.2,000 and Rs.500 notes.

How to identify original or genuine Rs.2,000 and Rs.500 notes?

There are many theories and rumors going on in social media that Rs.2,000 currency note is chip based. But please note that they are just a rumors. Hence, never ever heed to such rumors.

Here, I am going to share with you the features of both the currency notes based on the official release information of RBI. Based on these features, you can easily identify original or genuine Rs.2,000 and Rs.500 notes.

# How to identify original or genuine Rs.500 notes?

First, let us look at the features of newly issued Rs.500 notes. These were issued from 8th November, 2016.

The new Rs.500 notes are different from the earlier specified bank note (SBN) series in colour, size, theme, the location of security features and design elements; the principal features are as below.

  • The size is 66mm x 150mm.
  • The colour is stone grey.
  • Red Fort-an image of Indian heritage site with Indian flag on the reverse.

The banknote also has features (intaglio printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines, the circle with Rs.500 in the right, and the identification mark) which enable the visually impaired person to identify the denomination.

Front side of new Rs.500 currency note-

The below image will give you the look of new Rs.500 currency note from front side.

New series of Rs.500 currency note

Here, the RBI identified the features by numbering it from 1 to 12. Let us see one by one.

1. See-through register in denominational number.

2. Latent image with the denominational numeral. Latent image as per Wikipedia means “A latent image is an invisible image produced by the exposure to light of a photosensitive material such as photographic film. When photographic film is developed, the area that was exposed darkens and forms a visible image.”

3. The denominational numeral in Devnagari.

4. Orientation and relative position of Mahatma Gandhi portrait changed.

5. Windowed security thread changes colour from green to blue when note is tilted.

6. Guarantee clause which comes with Governer’s signature and Promise Clause and RBI emblem is shifted towards right.

7. Portrait of electrotype watermark. Electrotype watermark is a light mark, where the hue is strained to create a strong contrast with it’s surrounding surface. It is easy to read but hard to forge.

8. Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side.

9. Denomination in numerals with Rupee symbol in colour changing ink (from green to blue) on the bottom right.

10. Ashoka pillar emblem on the right side.

Special features of new Rs.500 notes for visually impaired

The above shared features are for the general public. But along with these features, there are certain new features were added specially for visually impaired.

Intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and identification mark continue.

What is the meaning of Intaglio or raised printing?

As per BritannicaIntaglio printing is the opposite of relief printing, in that the printing is done from ink that is below the surface of the plate. The design is cut, scratched, or etched into the printing surface or plate, which can be copper, zinc, aluminium, magnesium, plastics, or even coated paper.”

11. Circle with Rs.500 in raised print on the right side.

12. 5 bleed lines on left and right in raised print.

Reverse side of new Rs.500 currency note-

Now let us look at the reverse side of new Rs.500 note. It looks as below.

Reverse side of new series of Rs.500 currency note

13. Year of printing of the note on the left side.

14. Swachh Bharat logo with the slogan.

15. Language panel towards the center.

16. Red Fort-an image of Indian heritage site with Indian flag.

17. The denominational numeral in Devnagri on the right side.

# How to identify original or genuine Rs.2,000 notes?

First, let us look at the features of newly issued Rs.2,000 notes. These were issued from 8th November, 2016.

The new Rs.2,000 denomination note  has Motif of Mangalayan on the reverse, depicting the country’s first venture into the interplanetary space. The base colour of the note is magenta. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse.

Front side of new Rs.2,000 currency note-

The size of the new note is 66mm X 166mm.

Front side of Rs.2000 currency note

1. See-through register with denominational numeral 2000 can be seen when the note is held against the light.

2. Latent image with denominational numeral 2000 which can be seen when the banknote held at 45-degree angle at the eye level. Latent image as per Wikipedia means “A latent image is an invisible image produced by the exposure to light of a photosensitive material such as photographic film. When photographic film is developed, the area that was exposed darkens and forms a visible image.”

3. The denominational numeral in Devnagari.

4. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre.

5. Micro letters ‘RBI’ and ‘2000’ on the left side of the banknote.

6. Colour shift windowed security thread with inscriptions ‘Bharat’ (in Hindi), RBI and 2000 on banknotes with colour shift. Colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted.

7. Guarantee Clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause and RBI emblem towards right.

8. Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (2000) watermarks.

9. Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side.

10. Denominational numeral with Rupee symbol, Rs.2,000 in colour changing ink (green to blue) on the bottom right.

11. Ashoka pillar emblem on the right.

Special features of new Rs.2,000 notes for visually impaired

The above shared features are for the general public. But along with these features, there are certain new features were added specially for visually impaired.

Intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and identification mark continue.

What is the meaning of Intaglio or raised printing?

As per BritannicaIntaglio printing is the opposite of relief printing, in that the printing is done from ink that is below the surface of the plate. The design is cut, scratched, or etched into the printing surface or plate, which can be copper, zinc, aluminium, magnesium, plastics, or even coated paper.”

12. Horizontal rectangle with Rs.2,000 in raised print on the right side.

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

Reverse side of new Rs.2,000 currency note-

Now let us look at the reverse side of the new Rs.2,000 note. It looks as below.

Reverse side of Rs.2000 currency note

14. Year of printing on the note.

15. Swachh Bharat logo with the slogan.

16. Language panel towards the centre.

17. The Motif of Mangalayan-reflecting the country’s first venture in the interplanetary space.

Rumors related to Rs.2,000 and Rs.500 currency notes

Now there are many rumors going on in social media related to these notes. Please do remember that these are just rumors as long as RBI notify the same. Hence, I request all you that never forward to someone or publish it without verifying the genuinity of such news items. I tried to publish few of them for your awakening.

Forget about identify original or genuine Rs.2,000 and Rs.500 notes, many not even touched or saw these notes. However, they started to spread rumors.

# Micro Nono-GPS Chip in Rs.2,000 currency note

The message spread like viral in all social media with so many technological items that common man started to believe this news as if TRUTH.

The WhatsApp forward describing details about how the notes would be embedded with NGC (‘Nano GPS Chip’) and therefore could be easily traced, via satellite, even if they were buried deep underground.

The complete message is used to be like below.

Fake Whatsapp Nano GPS Chip in Rs.2000 note message

But it is purely rumor which I don’t know who spread. Finally, RBI and Minister of Finance came forward and described it as false and rumor.

# Printing typ0 error in Rs.2000 notes

I don’t think many understand that rules and regulations related to currency notes will come under RBI policy and regulation. However, many pointed it at Central Government.

Rumors spread that there is a printing error in mentioning Rs.2000 in HINDI. They pointed that instead of printing as “DO HAZAR”, they wrongly printed as “DON HAZAR”. Refer below image.

Fake claim of Typo Error in Rs.2000 note

But the reality is different. the note carry the Hindi print also at a left-hand side. Along with that note also carries value mentioned in 15 regional languages. The DON HAZAR is related to regional languages of Konkani and Marathi.

You can definitely judge that how RBI differentiated Hindi (Our National Langauge) with regional languages for better understanding. But people never tried to cross check the reality. Spotted errors mindlessly and started to blame as there are some typo errors.

Hope this post will give you the complete picture related to the process to identify original or genuine Rs.2,000 and Rs.500 notes easily. If you still found any doubts, then instead of spreading rumors or asking someone who is no authentication, contact directly contact RBI or your nearest bank branch.

Refer recent posts related to the new sudden changes in currencies of India.

16 Comments

  1. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND IT WHY THE GOVERNOR SIGNATURE IN 500 RS NOTE DISPLACE IN DIFFERENT NOTES

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  2. Hindi is only official language not a national language

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  3. Useful Information to all

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  4. Printing typ0 error – Urdu not many know
    Its written “Do Bazar”, Bazar means market.

    same can be check is Google translator, just type Bazar

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    • But it is “Hazar” on the currency. Please capture a image of “Do Hazar” letter by your smart phone and check it by zooming image. You can find out the letter is “Ha” not “Ba”. Between “Ha” and “Ba” have a minute different only.

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  5. Dear Sir,
    Many Thanks for posting, very important and informative article.
    Now another news on TV Channels about Colour of Rs. 2000 Notes which fades out if you wipe with wet cloth or in the pockets due to perspiration.
    May be another rumor, people are trying to spread such things out of frustration and we are well aware that particular channels are always happy to spread anything against our honorable PM

    Best regards,
    Rajendra

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  6. Very well explained.

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  7. Thanks.

    There is wrong information in your post. Hindi is not national language, it is one if the official language.

    Thanks

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      • Hindi is not national language, you wont find anywhere in constitution saying so.

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        • A-It’s alright. That claim may not change any value to identification of notes.

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