Today, the RBI will launch brand new currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000.
Pursuant to the invalidation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes, banks and ATMs were closed to the public to withdraw old notes from ATMs.
RBI announced banks will remain open to the public the coming weekend to facilitate exchange of defunct currency bills.
RBI issues new series of currency notes
Design of the new Rs. 500 note
The newest Rs. 500 banknote will have additional security features making it much more difficult to be counterfeited.
The new note's colour will be stone grey and its new theme will be that of the Red Fort on reverse.
Its size will vary from the older notes and the position of Gandhiji's portrait will differ.
It's also visually-impaired friendly.
Rs. 1000 note in a new avatar
The recently withdrawn Rs. 1000 note will be back in circulation in a few months; new notes will vary in colour, dimensions, design and will have more advanced features than older ones.
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The newest currency note of Rs. 2000
For the first time ever, RBI will introduce Rs 2,000 notes.
These are believed to be magenta in colour and its theme is 'Mangalayaan' which is embossed on the reverse.
The Mangalayaan motif is to depict India's first venture in interplanetary space.
The higher value currency notes will likely have geometric patterns in sync with the overall colour scheme.
09 Mar 2017
RBI to introduce new Rs. 10 notes
The RBI has stated that it will soon issue new Rs. 10 notes with enhanced security features.
The new notes will feature the letter 'L' on both number panels, and will bear Urjit Patel's signature. The year of printing will be on the back and numerals will be ascending in size, except the first 3.
All old Rs.10 notes will continue to be valid.
17 Mar 2017
RBI to try plastic Rs.10 notes
Sources said that the RBI will soon conduct field trials of plastic Rs. 10 notes that are expected to be more durable than their paper counterparts.
Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said "it has been decided" that the field trials will commence at five locations of the country.
However details of when and where this would take place were not given.
04 Apr 2017
RBI approves printing Rs. 200 notes
Media reports have indicated that the RBI has given its approval for the printing of Rs. 200 notes.
According to reports the printing of notes would commence after June 2017. The RBI's Central Board had reportedly approved the proposal in March 2017. The Centre also has to approve the denomination.
If approved, this would be the second new denomination introduced by the RBI.
27 Apr 2017
RBI to issue new Rs. 5, Rs. 10 coins
The RBI will issue new Rs. 5 and Rs. 10 coins on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Allahabad HC, and 125th year of the National Archives of India respectively.
While the Rs. 5 coin would have an image of the Allahabad HC, the other would portray the National Archives Building.
The current coins would also continue to remain legal tender.