New Delhi, August 24: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday issued a notification saying that the most awaited Rs 200 notes will be issued on August 25, 2017. The dimension of the new banknote will be 66 mm × 146 mm and will comprise of a number of features. The Rs 200 denomination banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series will bear the signature of Dr Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India from select RBI offices, and some banks. The salient features of the new denomination include Motif of Sanchi Stupa on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage, 200 electrotype watermarks (a watermark in light where hue is ‘strained’ so as to create a strong contrast with its surrounding surface) among the others.Also Read - Indian Foreign Reserves Fall USD 2.71 Billion

The base colour of the note is Bright Yellow while the note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse. The RBI said that the height of the note would be the same as the new Rs 500 notes that were issued post demonetisation. However, the width will be much less. “Dimension of the banknote will be 66 mm x 146 mm,” the RBI said. Also Read - ATM Cash Withdrawals to Cost More From THIS Date. Check New Charges, Other Details Here

Here are the Salient Features of the new Rs 200 note:

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Obverse (Front)

  1. See through register with denominational numeral 200
  2. Latent image with denominational numeral 200
  3. Denominational numeral २०० in Devnagari
  4. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre
  5. Micro letters ‘RBI’, ‘भारत’, ‘India’ and ‘200’
  6.  Windowed security thread with inscriptions ‘भारत’ and RBI 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 of Mahatma Gandhi portrait
  8. Denominational numeral with Rupee Symbol, Rs 200 in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right
  9. Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right
  10. Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (200) watermarks
  11. 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, raised Identification mark H with micro-text Rs 200, four angular bleed lines with two circles in between the lines both on the right and left sides

Reverse (Back)

  1. Year of printing of the note on the left
  2. Swachh Bharat logo with slogan
  3. Language panel
  4. Motif of Sanchi Stupa
  5. Denominational numeral २०० in Devnagari

The RBI said that the introduction of a new currency denomination and design is done keeping in consideration various factors like ease of transactions for the common man, replacement of soiled banknotes, inflation and the need for combating counterfeiting.  In a press release, the RBI said, “To achieve the optimal system of currency that would minimize the number of denominations while increasing the probability of proffering exact change, especially at the lower end of denominations, there is a logical need to introduce the missing denomination of Rs 200, which will make the present currency system more efficient”. It further added saying that the provision of the new denomination, therefore, would facilitate exchange, particularly for the common man who deals with denominations at the lower end.