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500 Indian rupees note note front

500 Indian rupees note

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Size: 73 x 167 mm 
Mahatma Gandhi Series
Introduced: 1997

The demonetisation of Mahatma Gandhi ₹500 banknote was a policy enacted by the Government of India on 8 November 2016, ceasing the usage of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series as legal tender in India from 9 November 2016.

500 indian rupees note front 500 indian rupees note reverse

Security features:

500 indian rupee specimen obverse

1.See through Register

500 indian rupees See through Register 500 indian rupees See through Register

The floral design printed both on the front and reverse in the middle of the vertical band next to the watermark window has the denominational numeral "500". Half of the numeral is printed on the obverse and half on the reverse. Both the printed portions have an accurate back to back registration so that the numeral appears as one when viewed against light.

2. Watermerk

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The portrait of Mahatma Gandhi the multi-directional lines and an electrotype mark showing the denominational numeral "500" appear in this section and these can be viewed better when the banknote is held against the light.

3. Optically Variable Ink (OVI)

500 indian rupees Optically Variable Ink 500 indian rupees Optically Variable Ink

The colour of the numeral 500 appears green when the note is held flat but would change to blue when the note is held at an angle. The font size is reduced.

4. Fluorescence

500 indian rupees Fluorescence 500 indian rupees Fluorescence

Fluorescence Number panels of the banknote are printed in fluorescentink. The banknote has optical fibres. Both can be seen when the banknote is viewed under ultraviolet light.

5. Security Thread

500 indian rupees Security Thread 500 indian rupees Security Thread

3.00 mm wide security thread with inscriptions Bharat in the Devanagari script and RBI and colour shift from green to blue when viewed from different angles. It will fluoresce yellow on the reverse and the text will fluoresce on the obverse under ultraviolet light. The thread is visible as a continuous line from behind when held up against light.

6. Intaglio Printing

500 indian rupees Intaglio Printing 500 indian rupees Intaglio Printing

The portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, the Reserve Bank seal, guarantee and promise clause, Ashoka Pillar emblem on the left, RBI Governor's signature on the banknote and the identification mark for the visually impaired persons are printed in intaglio which can be felt by touch.

7.Latent Image

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The vertical band contains latent image showing the numeral 500 when the banknote is held horizontally at eye level.

8. Microlettering

500 indian rupees Microlettering

The letters, 'RBI", and the numeral, "500" can be viewed with the help of a magnifying glass in the zone between the Mahatma Gandhi portrait and the vertical band.

9. Identification mark

500 indian rupees Identification mark

A circle with intaglio print, which can be felt by touch, helps the visually impaired to identify the denomination.

10. Year of printing

500 indian rupees Year of printing

Year of printing appears on the reverse of the banknote.

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