The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon issue new Rs 100 denomination banknotes in lavender colour. This comes on the back of new designs introduced for Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs 10 notes, in the last couple of years.
“The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue ₹ 100 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series,” the RBI said in a statement.
While the front side depicts Mahatma Gandhi’s face, the back side will feature a motif of “RANI KI VAV”, highlighting the country’s cultural heritage.
RANI KI VAV refers to a memorial constructed in Patan, Gujarat for the 11th century king Bhima.
The dimension of the new note will be 66 mm × 142 mm, which will be the same as the other new notes released last year.
New Rs 50 and Rs 200 notes were introduced in the Mahatma Gandhi series in August 2017, to tackle counterfeiting and for promoting a less-cash economy.
Meanwhile, the Rs 100 notes in the earlier series will continue to be legal tender, the RBI said.
The new notes will have 16 silent features on the front and back.
Some features of the new note include:
See-through register and latent image with denominational numeral 100.
Like every other currency note, this note also has a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre.
There is a security thread with inscriptions, ‘भारत’ and RBI, and if the note is tilted, the colour changes from green to blue.
Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (100) watermarks
Right side of Mahatma Gandhi portrait includes Guarantee Clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause and RBI emblem.
Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right.
The top left side and bottom right side have a number panel with numerals in ascending font.
Swachh Bharat logo with slogan
Certain features have been incorporated for the visually impaired. These include: intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, raised triangular identification mark with micro-text 100, four angular bleed lines on the right and left sides.