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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had released the new currency notes with added security features. The new 500 notes are different in colour, size, theme, location of security features and design elements from the previous series. The size of the new note is 63mm x 150mm. The colour of the notes is stone grey and the predominant new theme is Indian heritage site – Red Fort.

Despite the added security features, there were reports of new fake notes that have come in circulation. The RBI on its website enumerates a number features which could help people distinguish the real notes from the fake ones.

Let's take a look at the features of 500 currency notes:

1) See-through register with denominational numeral 500 is present on the extreme left side of the 500 note.

2) Latent image with the denomination numeral 500 is visible.

3) The new feature is the introduction of numeral value in the Devanagiri script.

4) The orientation and relative position of Mahatma Gandhi portrait changed.The portrait of the father of the nation appears in the centre.

5) Just next to Mahatma Gandhi’s image, micro letters 'Bharat India' are visible.

6) The window thread on the right of the Mahatma’s image changes its colour from Blue to Green when the note is tilted.

7) Guarantee Clause issued the RBI governor with promise clause, and RBI emblem towards right. Present RBI governor Shaktikanta Das’ signature will be printed on the note below the guarantee clause.

8) Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi's image will emerge on the right side of the currency note in the watermark section.

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

10) Denominational numeral with the sign of rupees printed on bottom right side of the note. The numeral changes its colour from green to blue.

Photo: RBI
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Photo: RBI

11)Ashoka pillar is visible on the extreme right side of the note.

12) For visually impaired: Intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and identity mark continue.

13) For visually impaired: Circle wiith 500 in raised print on the right. Five bleed lines are available on both the right and the left side of the note which is also drawn in the raised print to aid the blind.

14) On the backside of the currency note, the year of printing of the note is mentioned on the left.

Photo: RBI
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Photo: RBI

15) Swachh Bharat logo with slogan is displayed on the bottom left of the backside of the note.

16) There is a Language panel towards the centre on the backside of the currency.

17) The image of the historic Red Fort is showcased.

18) On the top right of the backside of the note, the numeral value is mentioned in the Devanagari script.

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