Mahatma Gandhi New Series

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The Mahatma Gandhi New Series of banknotes are issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as the legal tender of the Indian rupee (), intended to replace the Mahatma Gandhi Series of banknotes. Announced on November 8, 2016, it followed the demonetisation of 500 and 1000 banknotes of the original Mahatma Gandhi Series. Similar to the preceding series of banknotes, the obverse of the Mahatma Gandhi New Series banknotes also prominently displays the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. The logo of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is also printed on the back of the banknotes of this series.

The first banknotes issued in the New Series were the denominations of 500 and 2000, and are in circulation since November 10, 2016.[1][2][3][4] On 13 June 2017, The RBI will soon introduce new Rs. 500 notes, but the old ones will continue being legal tender. The design is similar to the current notes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, except they will come with an inset 'A'.

The RBI announced on 18 August 2017 that it would "soon" issue a new 50 note.[5] RBI announced the specifications of new 200 rupee note in the Mahatma Gandhi New Series, bearing signature of Dr. Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India on 25 August 2017.[6].

The Reserve Bank of India has also issued 10 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi New Series.[7] The new denomination has a motif of the Sun Temple, Konark on the reverse, depicting the country's cultural heritage. The base colour of the note is Chocolate Brown.

The RBI announced on 19 July 2018 that is would shortly issue a new 100 note.[8]The new denomination has a motif of the Rani Ki Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell), a UNESCO World Heritage site in Patan in Gujarat, India on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage. The base colour of the note is Lavender.


Security features[edit]

The obverse design of the series was based on this photograph of Gandhi and Lord Pethick-Lawrence.
Details of the photograph.

The security features of the Mahatma Gandhi New Series banknotes are as follows:[1][2][3]

  • See-through registration device: Consisting of the numeral denomination at the lower left part of the notes on the front and at the lower right of the notes on the back. Used for the 10, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 notes.
  • Novel numbering: A set of six digit serial numbers that increase in size from left to right. These serial numbers are located on the top left and bottom right side on the front of the notes.
  • Latent image: Located on the lower left part of the note's front, when tilted, the denomination is seen within the panel near the left side of the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. Used for the 10, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 notes.
  • Denominational numeral: Located on the left side of the front of the notes, the denominational number is rendered in Devanagari script (१०, ५०, १००, २००, ५००, २०००). This raised some controversies.[9]
  • Microprinting: Microprinted elements consisting of the letters "RBI"" and its corresponding denominations are located on the left side of the note. Used on the 10, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 notes.
  • Intaglio printing of the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Windowed security thread: Located on the front of the notes, the windowed security thread on the 10, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 notes contain colour-shifting elements and inscriptions of India in Hindi. When the notes are tilted, the colour of the security threads changes from green to blue.
  • Angular lines: A series of lines placed on both the left and right side of the front of the notes, these angular lines are utilized to help those with visual impairments in identifying the notes. Used on the 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 notes.

Banknotes[edit]

Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series
Image Value Dimensions (millimetres) Main colour Description Date of Issue
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse Watermark
India new 10 INR, MG series, 2018, obverse.jpg India new 10 INR, MG series, 2018, reverse.jpg 10 123 mm x 63 mm Chocolate brown Mahatma Gandhi Konark Sun Temple Mahatma Gandhi 05 January 2018[7]
India new 50 INR, MG series, 2018, obverse.jpg India new 50 INR, MG series, 2018, reverse.jpg 50 135 mm x 66 mm Fluorescent blue Hampi with Chariot 18 August 2017[5]
Rs 100 note front view.jpg Rs 100 note back view.jpg 100 142 mm x 66 mm Lavender Rani Ki Vav 19 July 2018[8]
India, 200 INR, 2018, obverse.jpg India, 200 INR, 2018, reverse.jpg 200 146 mm x 66 mm Bright Yellow[10] Sanchi Stupa 25 August 2017[6]
India new 500 INR, MG series, 2016, obverse.jpg India new 500 INR, MG series, 2016, reverse.jpg 500 150 mm x 66 mm Stone Grey[3] Red Fort 10 November 2016
India new 2000 INR, MG series, 2016, obverse.jpg India new 2000 INR, MG series, 2016, reverse.jpg 2000 166 mm x 66 mm Magenta Mangalyaan 10 November 2016
For table standards, see the banknote specification table.

Languages[edit]

Each banknote has its amount written in 17 languages. On the obverse, the denomination is written in English and Hindi. On the reverse is a language panel which displays the denomination of the note in 15 of the 22 official languages of India. The languages are displayed in alphabetical order. Languages included on the panel are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Denominations in central level official languages (At below either ends)
Language 10 50 100 200 500 2000
English Ten rupees Fifty rupees One Hundred rupees Two hundred rupees Five hundred rupees Two thousand rupees
Hindi दस रुपये पचास रुपये एक सौ रुपये दो सौ रुपये पाँच सौ रुपये दो हज़ार रुपये
Denominations in 15 state level/other official languages (As seen on the language panel)
Assamese দহ টকা পঞ্চাশ টকা এশ টকা দুইশ টকা পাঁচশ টকা দুহেজাৰ টকা
Bengali দশ টাকা পঞ্চাশ টাকা একশ টাকা দুইশ টাকা পাঁচশ টাকা দুই হাজার টাকা
Gujarati દસ રૂપિયા પચાસ રૂપિયા એક સો રૂપિયા બસો રૂપિયા પાંચ સો રૂપિયા બે હજાર રૂપિયા
Kannada ಹತ್ತು ರುಪಾಯಿಗಳು ಐವತ್ತು ರುಪಾಯಿಗಳು ಒಂದು ನೂರು ರುಪಾಯಿಗಳು ಎರಡು ನೂರು ರೂಪಾಯಿಗಳು ಐದು ನೂರು ರುಪಾಯಿಗಳು ಎರಡು ಸಾವಿರ ರುಪಾಯಿಗಳು
Kashmiri دہ رۄپے پاژاھ رۄپے ھطم رۄپے د ھطم رۄپے پاژشھ ھطم رۄپے د ساس رۄپے
Konkani धा रुपया पन्नास रुपया शंबर रुपया दोनशें रुपया पाचशें रुपया दोन हजार रुपया
Malayalam പത്തു രൂപ അൻപതു രൂപ നൂറു രൂപ ഇരുന്നൂറ് രൂപ അഞ്ഞൂറു രൂപ രണ്ടായിരം രൂപ
Marathi दहा रुपये पन्नास रुपये शंभर रुपये दोनशे रुपये पाचशे रुपये दोन हजार रुपये
Nepali दस रुपियाँ पचास रुपियाँ एक सय रुपियाँ दुई सय रुपियाँ पाँच सय रुपियाँ दुई हजार रुपियाँ
Odia ଦଶ ଟଙ୍କା ପଚାଶ ଟଙ୍କା ଏକ ଶତ ଟଙ୍କା ଦୁଇ ଶହ ଟଙ୍କା ପାଞ୍ଚ ଶତ ଟଙ୍କା ଦୁଇ ହଜାର ଟଙ୍କା
Punjabi ਦਸ ਰੁਪਏ ਪੰਜਾਹ ਰੁਪਏ ਇਕ ਸੌ ਰੁਪਏ ਦੋ ਸੌ ਰੁਪਏ ਪੰਜ ਸੌ ਰੁਪਏ ਦੋ ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਰੁਪਏ
Sanskrit दश रूप्यकाणि पञ्चाशत् रूप्यकाणि शतं रूप्यकाणि द्विशतं रूप्यकाणि पञ्चशतं रूप्यकाणि द्विसहस्रं रूप्यकाणि
Tamil பத்து ரூபாய் ஐம்பது ரூபாய் நூறு ரூபாய் இருநூறு ரூபாய் ஐந்நூறு ரூபாய் இரண்டாயிரம் ரூபாய்
Telugu పది రూపాయలు యాభై రూపాయలు నూరు రూపాయలు రెండు వందల రూపాయలు ఐదువందల రూపాయలు రెండు వేల రూపాయలు
Urdu دس روپے پچاس روپے ایک سو روپے دو سو روپے پانچ سو روپے دو ہزار روپے

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Issue of ₹ 2000 Banknotes". Reserve Bank of India. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Issue of ₹ 2000 banknotes with inset letter 'R'". Reserve Bank of India. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Issue of ₹ 500 banknotes inset letter 'E' in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series". Reserve Bank of India. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  4. ^ RBI to issue ₹1,000, ₹200, ₹100, ₹50 with new features, design in coming months
  5. ^ a b RBI Introduces ₹ 50 banknote in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series
  6. ^ a b RBI to issue Rs 200 note tomorrow. Here is how it looks
  7. ^ a b RBI Introduces ₹ 10 banknote in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series
  8. ^ a b "RBI to Issue New Design ₹ 100 Denomination Banknote". rbi.org.in. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  9. ^ Sharma, Apoorva (2016-11-25). "Using Devanagari Numerals on New Currency Dishonours a Historic Compromise". The Wire. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  10. ^ "RBI Introduces ₹ 200 denomination banknote". Reserve Bank of India. Retrieved 24 August 2017.