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New Numbering Pattern in the Rs.100 Banknotes

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a new Rs.100 banknote, in the Mahatma Gandhi Series - 2005, with an additional security feature.

This new attribute would be added to the banknotes of other denominations too, in a phased manner.

What is different in these new banknotes is shown in the picture below.

rs100-note-with-new-numbering-pattern

As you will observe, the difference is in the Numbering Pattern.

In the new numbering pattern,
-  the first three alphanumeric characters (i.e. prefix) will be of a constant size
-  the serial number after the prefix, would be printed in ascending size from left to right

This would be done for both the number panels i.e. top and bottom.

The idea behind this new numbering pattern on the banknotes is two-fold.

First, it is an easily visible security feature. This would help the people to readily distinguish between a genuine and fake banknote.

Two, these improvements in security features would make the banknotes more difficult to counterfeit.

Except for this latest change in the numbering system, all other features as seen in the present Rs.100 banknotes issued in the Mahatma Gandhi Series, would remain the same.

Meanwhile,
a) The banknotes will continue to have the "₹" symbol at the front and the back
b) There will be an inset letter 'R' in both the numbering panels (also seen in the above pic)
c) These notes will bear the signature of Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India 
d) Year of printing '2015' would be printed on the reverse of the banknotes 

Of course, needless to mention, the banknotes issued in the past would continue to be a legal tender.

By the way, I hope you have exchanged all your old notes in the pre-2005 series, which is being withdrawn from the circulation by RBI.

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