Old vs New 500 Rupee Banknote

Although the old 500 rupee banknote seized to be a legal tender, look at both the notes for better understanding of the local currency and reducing chances of getting cheated. Here is a comparison of old and new 500 rupee banknotes:

Obverse of new 500 rupee banknote printed in 2016

Obverse of new 500 rupee banknote printed in 2016

 

Obverse of old 500 rupee banknote printed in 2016

Obverse of old 500 rupee banknote printed in 2016. This banknote is not a legal tender.

 

Features
Old 500 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2016
New 500 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2016

Legal tender status
No
Yes

Series
Mahatma Gandhi Series
Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series

Color
Olive and yellow
Stone grey

Size (mm)
73 * 167
66 * 150

Theme
Events / objects / structures of national importance
Indian heritage site, Red Fort on the reverse

Denominational Numeral

On Obverse:

In see through register that has floral design. The register is printed in the left side vertical band.

 

In top left corner, the numeral is preceded by the rupee symbol.

 

In top right corner under the number panel, the numeral is preceded by the rupee symbol.

 

In the center

 

 

 

 

On reverse:

In top left and right corners, the numeral is preceded by the rupee symbol.

 

In bottom left corner, the numeral does not have the rupee symbol.

On obverse:

In see through register

 

Latent image in rectangle at left bottom section

 

The numeral prefixed with rupee symbol is printed in vertical orientation in Devanagari script on left side.

 

Near visible ear of Mahatma Gandhi. The vertical numeral is prefixed with rupee symbol.

 

The numeral prefixed with rupee symbol is printed in the bottom right section. The ink used changes color to blue from green.

On reverse:

Top left (numeral with rupee symbol)

 

In Devanagari script in top right section (numeral with rupee symbol)

 

In vertical format in middle right  section (numeral with rupee symbol)

 

Bottom right (numeral with rupee symbol)

 

In left section, the denomination is written in words in Devanagari in vertical format.

 

The numeral is printed in words in Latin/Roman script near the top edge.

Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi
Right section on obverse

Left section on obverse

Gandhi faces towards right side of the banknote

 

Electrotype watermark containing the portrait is in the right section on obverse.

Windowed security thread
Yes
Color changes to blue from green if the banknote is tilted.

Guarantee Clause
In the center on the obverse

In left section on the obverse in English

 

In right section on the obverse in Hindi

Governor’s Signature

In middle section on the obverse

 

In both Hindi and English

 

Governor: Mr. Raghuram G Rajan

In right section on the obverse

 

In both Hindi and English

 

Current Governor: Mr. Urjit Patel

Governor’s Promise Clause

In middle section on the obverse

 

In both Hindi and English

In right section on the obverse

 

In both Hindi and English

RBI Emblem
Near right edge of the obverse
In right section after windowed security thread on the obverse

 

 

Reverse of new 500 rupee banknote printed in 2016

Reverse of new 500 rupee banknote printed in 2016

 

Reverse of old 500 rupee banknote printed in 2016

Reverse of old 500 rupee banknote printed in 2016. This banknote is not a legal tender.

 

Features
Old 500 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2016
New 500 Rupee Banknote Printed in 2016

Numeral Panel

Bottom left

 

Top right

 

In both the panels, the size of numeral changes from small to big.

But size of the first 3 alphanumeric characters is same.

Top left

 

Bottom right

 

In both the panels, the size of numeral changes from small to big.

But size of the first 3 alphanumeric characters is same.

Ashok Pillar Emblem
In left section on obverse
In right section on obverse

Features for visually impaired

Left section on obverse:

 

Raised circular identification mark

 

 

 

 

5 angular bleed lines on the both left and right edges of the obverse

Right section on obverse:

 

Raised printing of the Ashok Pillar emblem

 

Circular identification mark with denominational numeral

 

5 angular bleed lines on the both left and right edges of the obverse

Year of printing banknote
Near bottom edge on the reverse
In left section on the reverse

Swachh Bharat logo and slogan
No
In left section, below watermark on the reverse

Language Panel

Extreme left edge on the reverse

 

The panel contains denominational numeral in words in 15 languages.

On the reverse after Swachh Bharat logo

 

The panel contains denominational numeral in words in 15 languages.

Indian Heritage Site
Dandi March, one of the important historical events, is illustrated on the reverse.

Red Fort with Indian flag on the reverse

 

The site name is written in English and Hindi.

Random patterns
A row of earthen lamps
Random floral patterns under the language panel and the Red Fort image on the reverse

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