How to Distinguish between New and Old 50 Rupee Banknotes

Recently, India introduced new banknotes in denomination of fifty (50). However, the old banknote of fifty rupees still a legal tender. So, you have two types of the banknotes with the same denomination. Let’s have a look at the both and learn about the respective security features:

 

Features Old 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2015 New 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2017
Size-Width 147 mm 135 mm
Size-Height 73 mm 66 mm
Base Color Multi-colored: Blue, Violet, and Yellow Fluorescent Blue
Series Mahatma Gandhi Series Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series
See Through Register with Denominational Numeral 50 Yes

Floral designs

On both sides of the banknote

Yes

 

On both sides of the banknote

Obverse / Front Side of the Banknote

Obverse of Old 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2015

Front side of Old 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2015

Obverse of New 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2017

Front Side of New 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2017
Features Old 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2015 New 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2017
Denominational Numeral ५० in Devanagari Yes

Before the Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi

The numeral is preceded with the currency symbol.

Denominational Numeral 50 in English (i.e. Latin/Roman Script) Yes

On top left

On right

In these two places, the numeral is preceded by the currency symbol.

In center, only numeral

Yes

Before the Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. Near his ear.

In right section

The numeral is preceded by the currency symbol.

Denominational Numeral 50 in Devanagari in words (Pachaas Rupiye) In the center Top center
Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi Yes

In right section

Yes

Almost in center

Micro Letters

(You need a magnifying glass to view these.)

Yes

Between Mahatma Gandhi Portrait and the vertical band on the right

‘RBI’ and ‘50’

Yes

 

 

‘RBI,’ ‘भारत,’ ‘INDIA,’ and ‘50’

Windowed Demetalised Security Thread with Inscriptions ‘भारत’ and RBI Yes

Looks like a continuous line when viewed against the light.

Yes

 

Guarantee Clause in English and Hindi Yes Yes
Governor’s Signature with Promise Clause in English and Hindi Yes Yes
RBI Emblem On extreme bottom right side On right side of Mahatma Gandhi portrait and the security thread
Ashoka Pillar Emblem On extreme left side On extreme right side
Watermarks

(Hold the banknote against the light to view the marks.)

Yes

Hidden portrait of Mahatma Gandhi

Multidimensional Lines

Electrotype (50) mark

Yes

Mahatma Gandhi Portrait and Electrotype (50) Watermarks

Number Panel with Numerals On top right

On bottom left

Size of the numerals grow from small to big.

On top left side

On bottom right side

Size of the numerals grow from small to big.

Intaglio (raised ink) Printing i.e. the features can be felt by touch Yes

Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi

The Reserve Bank Seal

The numeral Pachaas Rupiye.

Latent Image of the Numeral 50 Yes

On the extreme right

Identification Mark for Visually Impaired Users A square with intaglio printing

 

Reverse / Back Side of the Banknote

Reverse of Old 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2015

Back side of Old 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2015

Reverse of New 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2017

Back Side of Old 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2017
Features Old 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2015 New 50 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2017
Year of Printing of the Banknote On bottom center On left
Swachh Bharat Logo with Slogan No Yes

Before language panel

Language Panel with 15 Languages Yes

On extreme left

Yes

Before the cultural motif

Cultural Heritage Motif Indian Parliament House with National Flag on Top

A panoramic view of the building

Filigree work is done on the sides of the building, whereas floral patterns are above it.

Hampi with Chariot
Denominational Numeral ५० in Devnagari On top right

The numeral is preceded by the currency symbol.

Denominational Numeral 50 in Devnagari in words (Pachaas Rupiye) At bottom left in horizontal orientation On left side in vertical orientation
Denominational Numeral 50 in English (i.e. Latin/Roman Script) On top left side

On top right side

In these 2 places, the numerals are preceded by the currency symbol.

On bottom left side

 

On top left side

On right center side

On bottom right side

These numerals are preceded by the currency symbol.

Denominational Numeral 50 in English (i.e. Latin/Roman Script) in Words (Fifty Rupees) At bottom right On top
Pattern At the bottom

Dancers, musicians, horses, and a peacock

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