What India’s New 500 and 2,000-Rupee Notes Will Look Like
India is to get new 500 and 2,000 rupee notes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise announcement that the current largest denominations ceased to be legal tender from midnight early Wednesday. The new notes will be known as the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series of bank notes after the leader of the country’s independence movement.
Samples of the notes show that both have an image of Gandhi on the front.
The new 500 rupee note has an image of New Delhi’s Red Fort, a more-than 400-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site, on the reverse side and is “stone gray” in color, according to the RBI.
On the reverse side of the magenta 2,000 rupee note, is an image of the Mangalyaan satellite, which India put into the orbit of Mars two years ago on a budget mission.
Both the notes will have raised print and lines on the left and right to help the visually impaired.
They also bear the “Swachh Bharat,” or “Clean India” logo with its slogan in Hindi that means “one step towards cleanliness,” promoting Mr. Modi’s flagship project to build toilets and improve sanitation, as well as a host of security features.