The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued press releases confirming that new ₹100 and ₹500 banknotes are soon to be issued.
The new notes will still form part of the Mahatma Gandhi series (2005) and will be similar in their design to their predecessors.
The new banknotes will have numerals of ascending size in the number panels, bleed lines, and an enlarged identification mark on the reverse of the note.
They will also include the letter “E” in the numbering panels, the signature of the RBI’s Governor, Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan, and the printing year “2015” on the reverse of the note.
According to the RBI:
“Ascending size of numerals in numbering panels:
Numerals in both the number panels of these banknotes will be in ascending size from left to right, while the first three alpha-numeric characters will remain constant in size.
With a view to facilitating identification of denomination of the banknote by visually impaired persons, ₹ 100 banknotes will have a total of four angular bleed lines in two sets of 2-2 lines on the obverse on both the left and right -hand edge of the bank note.
Enlarged Identification Mark:
The existing identification mark (triangle) near the left edge of the banknote has been enlarged.”