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How to spot a fake Rs 2000 currency note

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:39 IST

The new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 currency notes that will start circulating starting Friday are being termed as 'high security' notes. Reason? The notes have several new features that will make them harder to fake than the now defunct Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that it will closely monitor the freshly issued notes.

The new notes are now available in most of the ATMs, where one has to struggle real hard to withdraw cash, courtesy - long queues.

The new Rs 2000 note will bear the signature of RBI Governor Urijit Patel. The back of the notes will bear the year of printing - 2016. The new magenta-coloured notes will also bear a motif of Mangalyaan - India's maiden venture in inter-planetary space missions.

Read more:Meet the new Rs 2000 currency note

The dimension of the banknote is 66 mm * 166 mm.

Interestingly, the Rs 2000 note is even smaller than the now defunct Rs 500 note.

While it is already said that the new currency notes are difficult to fake, it still remains imperative to know all the defining features of the new notes. Take a look -


  • See-through register with denominational numeral 2000.
  • Latent image with denominational numeral 2000 which can be seen when the note is held at 45 degree angle at the eye level.
  • Denominational numeral 2000 in Devanagari.
  • Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre.
  • Micro letters 'RBI' and '2000' on the left side of the note.
  • Colour shift windowed security thread with inscriptions 'Bharat' ( in Devanagiri), RBI and 2000. The thread changes colour from green to blue when tilted.
  • Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (2000) watermarks.
  • Number panels with numerals growing from one big on the top left side and bottom right side.
  • Denominational numeral with Rupee Symbol, Rs 2000 in colour changing ink from green to blue on bottom right.
  • Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right.
  • Horizontal rectangle with Rs 2000 in raised printing on the right.
  • Seven angular bleed lines on left and right side in raised print.


  • Year of printing of the logo
  • Swachch Bharat logo with slogan
  • Language panel towards the centre
  • Motif of Mangalyaan


Intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and identification mark to allow the visually-impaired to identify the notes with ease.

First published: 11 November 2016, 6:00 IST