The Reserve Bank of India is set to bring out the new Rs 100 denomination banknotes. The central bank today issued an image of the upcoming note.
The new note will be coloured Lavender and will feature the motif of 'Rani ki Vav', Queen's Stepwell, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Gujarat's Patan.
"Will shortly issue Rs 100 denomination banknotes .This new denomination has motif of “RANI KI VAV” on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage. The base colour of the note is Lavender," the RBI said in a statement.
The existing 100 rupee note will continue to be legal tender, the statement said.
According to media reports, the new Rs 100 note is being printed at Dewas-based Bank Note Press and might be launched in August or by September. The new note will be smaller than the previous version and be slightly bigger than the Rs 10 note. This means that banks may have to again recalibrate the ATMs to accommodate the new notes.
Following the demonetisation on November 2016, the Reserve Bank had introduced Rs 2,000 notes as also new Rs 500 notes with additional security features. Last year the RBI launched Rs 200 banknotes for the first time for increasing availability of lower denomination currency in the system.
The RBI has also introduced new fluorescent blue Rs 50 banknotes bearing the motif of 'Hampi with Chariot' that depicts India's cultural heritage.
Salient features of the new Rs 100 note:
1. See through register with denominational numeral 100
2. Latent image with denominational numeral 100
3. Denominational numeral 100 in Devnagari
4. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre
5. Micro letters ‘RBI’, ‘भारत’, ‘India’ and ‘100’
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. Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right
9. Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (100) watermarks
10. Number panel with numerals in ascending font on the top left side and bottom
11. For visually impaired intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, raised triangular identification mark with micro-text 100, four angular bleed lines both on the right and left sides
12. Year of printing of the note on the left
13. Swachh Bharat logo with slogan
14. Language panel
15. Motif of RANI KI VAV
16. Denominational numeral 100 in Devnagari