All you need to know about the new 500 Rupees note and 2000 Rupees note!


(Last Updated On: May 7, 2019)

The RBI has issued new 500 Rupees note and 2000 Rupees note in exchange of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes for eradicating the corruption, terrorism and circulation of counterfeit notes. Some people have already received the new notes in hand but still these notes are the talk of the hour! With numerous rumours around the place, let’s get an insight of how do the new notes of the Mahatma Gandhi series actually look like:

The 2000 Rupees Note Features are as follows:

  1. This see through 2000 can be seen when the note is held against light.
  2. This image has a 2000 imprinted which can be seen when the note is held at a 45 degree level to the eyes.
  3. Denominational numeral २००० in Devnagari.
  4. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.
  5. Micro letters ‘RBI’ and ‘2000’.
  6. A windowed security thread with inscriptions भारत’, RBI and 2000 with colour shift where the colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted.
  7. Guarantee Clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause.
  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, ₹2000 in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right.
  11. Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right.
  12. Horizontal rectangle with ₹2000 in raised print on the right.
  13. Seven angular bleed lines on left and right side in raised print.
  14. Year of printing of the note on the left.
  15. Swachh Bharat logo with slogan.
  16. Language panel towards the centre.
  17. Motif of Mangalayan which reflects the country’s first venture in the interplanetary space.

Further, the 2000 Rupees note in the Mahatma Gandhi series bearing a signature of Dr. Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India has a dimension of 66mm x 166mm and the base colour magenta with many other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse.

Also, special feature of intaglio or raised printings of portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, Ashoka Pillar Emblem, bleed lines and identification mark has been introduced for visually impaired people.

The 500 Rupees note and its important features:

  1. This see through 500 can be seen when the note is held against light.
  2. This latent image has a 500 imprinted which can be seen when the note is held at a 45 degree level to the eyes.
  3. Denominational numeral 500 in Devnagari.
  4. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.
  5. A windowed security thread with inscriptions भारत’, RBI and 500 with colour shift where the colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted.
  6. Guarantee Clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause.
  7. Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (500) watermarks.
  8. Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side.
  9. Denominational numeral with Rupee Symbol, ₹500 in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right.
  10. Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right.
  11. A Circle with ₹500 in raised print on the right.
  12. Five bleed lines on left and right side in raised print.
  13. Year of printing of the note on the left.
  14. Swachh Bharat logo with slogan.
  15. Language panel towards the centre.
  16. An image of Red Fort – an image of Indian heritage site with an Indian flag.
  17. Denominational numeral 500 in Devnagri.

Further, the 500 Rupees note in the Mahatma Gandhi series with an inset letter ‘L’ in both the number panels and bearing a signature of Dr. Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India has a dimension of 66mm x 150mm and the base colour stone grey. The same is different from the Old Withdrawn series of 500 Rupees notes in case of colour, size, theme, location of security features and various design elements. The new 500 Rupees note also has the same special features for visually impaired people as discussed above for the 2000 Rupees note.

We hope now you know the new legal tenders thoroughly! We also advise you not to write anything or make any identification marks on the new notes issued!

CA Abhishek Soni

Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2Win.in. Tax2win is amongst the top 25 emerging startups of Asia and authorized ERI by the Income Tax Department. In the past, he worked in EY and comes with wide industry experience from telecom, retail to manufacturing to entertainment where he has handled various national and international assignments.