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RBI to issue Rs500 and Rs1,000 bank notes with enhanced features

Additional features will aid the visually impaired in identifying the denominations

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will issue Rs500 and Rs1,000 bank notes with additional features to aid the visually impaired in identifying the denominations.

RBI had recently put into circulation Rs500 bank notes with numerals in ascending size in number panels but without bleed lines and enlarged identification mark.

“It has now added two more features to aid visually impaired in easy identification of bank notes apart from securing them against counterfeiting," RBI said in a release.

The central bank said the new Rs1,000 and Rs500 denomination bank notes will have numerals in both the numbering panels in ascending size from left to right, while the first three alphanumeric characters will remain constant in size.

Further, Rs500 denomination bank notes will have five angular bleed lines in three sets of 2-1-2 lines on the obverse in both, the upper left and the right hand edge of the bank note.

The Rs1,000 bank notes will have six angular bleed lines in four sets of 1-2-2-1 lines on the obverse in both, the upper left and right hand edge of the bank notes.

“These will facilitate identification of these notes by visually impaired persons," RBI said.

The notes of both the denominations will have enlarged identification mark with a circular shape for Rs500 and a diamond shape for Rs1,000 near the left edge of the currency.

RBI said it is committed to continually bring about modifications in the design of bank notes with changing times. All the notes in circulation will continue to be legal tender, it added.

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