The Reserve Bank of India is adding a splash of lavender to the currency that you carry in your purse by introducing new 100 rupee notes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series. The lavender coloured notes feature the motif of Rani ki Vav on the reverse.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Rani Ki Vav is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat, located on the banks of Saraswati river.
The RBI had introduced the 2,000 rupee note in pink and a new 500 rupee note in greyish-green after demonetisation of the 1,000 and 500 currency notes in November 2016. The existing 100 rupee in a silverish-blue hue had, however, continued. It had subsequently introduced a new 10 rupee note, followed by a 200 rupee note in shades of orange.
The note, bearing the signature of Reserve Bank of India Governor Dr. Urjit R. Patel, has geometric patterns aligning the border of the note on both sides.
The dimension of the banknote will be 66mm x 142mm, a little smaller than the 73mm x 157mm notes that are in tender currently, the RBI said in a press release on Thursday. However, the old 100 Rupee notes issued by the RBI would still continue to be a legal tender.
Features Of The New 100 Rupee Note
Here are some key features of the new 100 rupee notes which will come into circulation soon.
Front (Observe) Side
- The new 100 rupee notes will have a see through register and latent image with denominational numeral 100
- The note will display the denominational numeral 100 in the Devnagari script
- The portrait of Mahatma Gandhi will be displayed in the centre of the note
- There will be micro letters, saying ‘RBI’, ‘Bharat’ (in the Devnagari script) and ‘India’ and ‘100’
- There will be a windowed security thread with the inscriptions ‘Bharat’ (in the Devnagari script) and ‘RBI’ with colour shift, and the colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted
- Guarantee Clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause and RBI emblem will be towards right of Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait
- The Ashoka Pillar emblem appears on the right
- The Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (100) watermarks are present in the front.
- The number panel with numerals in ascending font on the top left side and bottom right side
- For visually impaired, there will be a raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, raised triangular identification mark with micro-text 100, and four angular bleed lines both on the right and left sides
Back (Reverse) Side
- The reverse side has the year of printing of the note on the left
- It will have the Swacch Bharat logo and slogan
- The language panel appear on the reverse
- The reverse side has the motif of Rani Ki Vav
- The denomination numeral 100 will appear in the Devnagari script.
Motifs And Colours In Recent Currency Notes
The chocolate brown 10 rupee currency note introduced in January this year showcases the Sun Temple in Konark, Odisha.
The 200 rupee note issued in August 2017 is in several hues of yellow and orange and depicts the Sanchi Stupa near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The 50 rupee note, also issued in August last year, is fluorescent blue in colour and shows the chariot temple of Hampi in Karnataka.
The 2,000 rupee currency note, introduced shortly after demonetisation, highlights the Mangalyaan, the mission to Mars launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in 2013. The stone grey-green 500 rupee note issued some time later features the Delhi’s Red Fort.