How To Distinguish ‘Real’ New Rs. 500/2000 Indian Currency Notes From Fake Ones

On, November 9, 2016; 20:00 IST, Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi took a revolutionary step to end the corruption and terrorism by demonetising main currency notes of Rs. 500 and 1000 because of which there seems to be no way to end these serious issues. Prime minister announced them to be banned from 24:00 IST on the same day. Obviously it’s a very strict decision which caused panic all over the India within minutes. However, the decision is more of a trouble for people holding black money than normal people who have hard-earned white money either in cash form kept inside their home or in their bank account.

PM Modi instructed every Indian to deposit their Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes in banks & post-offices and they can exchange them with new Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000 currency notes released by RBI. Everyone has a time span of 50 days (starting from Nov 9, 2016 to Dec 30, 2016) to exchange/deposit their existing Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes. Yeah, it’s a headache but you don’t have to panic. You can submit any amount of cash in your bank account if you can give their record too.

PM Modi and New Notes

Their was a hold-back of around two days after this importance announcement. On Nov 9, 2016 all banks & ATM were close and on Nov 10, 2016 all banks were functional but few ATMs weren’t working maybe because of this rigorous change as they had to obtain new currency notes and distribute it among their branches and ATMs.

Today is the 5th day of the change and now, I can finally see Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000 new currency notes in people’s hand but, most of the Indians are still uneducated about new currency notes. They might know the news but they can’t still identify it. News channels are showing samples of new Rs. 500/2000 notes but neither appearance nor details are clear among people.

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And, In this high time when every one is looking to exchange their old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes with new Rs. 500 and 2000 notes also, they don’t have full information. So, they can be tricked and scammed as fake new Rs. 500/2000 has started coming to the market.

So, here in this article I am telling you how to distinguish REAL new Rs.500/2000 notes from FAKE ones. Read below carefully as I am tell you every essential details and feature about both new Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000 currency notes.

Before proceeding, let me clear – there is NOT any GPS tracking chip embedded inside either ₹500 or ₹2000 notes. This hype started from WhatsApp Message forwards went so much viral that even newspapers and online media sites have published it. (read full details here).

How to Identify REAL ₹2000 Currency Notes

Let start with new ₹2000 currency notes clear photo because, in newspapers, magazines, news channels, the resolution was not clear so most of the people didn’t even have a chance to observe the layout of new ₹2000 currency notes clearly.


Dimension of new Rs.2000 currency note is 66 mm × 166 mm, it’s Pink in color and it has a total of 17 salient features know which every Indian can easily distinguish a real ₹2000 currency note from fake ones. These features are –

On front side of ₹2000 notes

  1. See through register with denominational numeral 2000
  2. Latent image with denominational numeral 2000
  3. Denominational numeral २००० in Devnagari
  4. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre
  5. Micro letters ‘RBI’ and ‘2000’ on the left side of the banknote
  6. Windowed security thread with inscriptions ‘भारत’, RBI and 2000 on banknotes with colour shift. Colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted
  7. Guarantee Clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause and RBI emblem towards right
  8. Denominational numeral with Rupee Symbol, ₹2000 in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right
  9. Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (2000) watermarks
  10. Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side

For Visually Impaired

Intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and identity mark

  1. Horizontal rectangle with ₹2000 in raised print on the right
  2. Seven angular bleed lines on left and right side in raised print


  1. Year of printing of the note on the left
  2. Swachh Bharat logo with slogan
  3. Language panel towards the centre
  4. Motif of Mangalayan
  5. Denominational numeral २००० in Devnagari

New Rs.2000 Notes Design and Features

How to Identify New ₹500 Currency Notes

The new ₹500 currency notes is also not lagging behind. It is also full of a total of 17 easily identifiable features, knowing even half of which can easily keep you protected from scammers who try to scam you with fake new Rs.500 currency notes.

The currency note has a dimension of 63mm x 150mm, color stone grey with Red Fort and Mahatma Gandhi’s image on each side. Read more features below –



  1. See through register in denomination numeral
  2. Latent image of the denomination numeral
  3. Denomination numeral in Devnagari
  4. Orientation of Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait changed
  5. Windowed security thread changes from green to blue when note is tilted
  6. Guarantee clause, Governor’s signature, RBI emblem shifted towards right
  7. Portrait and electrotype watermarks
  8. Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on top left and bottom right sides
  9. Denomination in numerals with Rupee symbol in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right
  10. Ashoka pillar emblem on right


  1. Circle with Rs. 500 in raised print on the right
  2. 5 bleed lines on left and right in raised print


  1. Year of printing of the note on the left.
  2. Swachh Bharat logo with slogan.
  3. Language panel towards the centre.
  4. Red fort an image of Indian heritage site with Indian flag.
  5. Denominational numeral in Devnagari on right.

New Rs. 500 Note Design and Features

At this time, every India is vulnerable to fake new Rs.500 and Rs.2000 currency notes, people are getting tricked even by just Xeroxed (color photocopied) currency notes which show these is an essential need to know features of these new ₹500/2000 currency notes and educate your family as well as friends about it.

So, please share this article to your friends on social networks and educate them. If you have any question regarding these new Indian currency notes, feel free to put them in comments below.

Pursuing MCA from the University of Delhi, Saurabh Saha is an experienced blogger and internet marketer. Through his popular technology blogs: TechGYD.COM &, he is helping several brands to gain exposure in front of high-quality web visitors.