Rs. 200 Banknote yet to Visit Remote Corners of Himalayas

Do you know that India introduced a two hundred rupee banknote for the first time in 2017?

On September 13, 2017, when I gave a new 200 rupee banknote to the two boys running a canteen in Alpine Hut, Rangdum in Kargil, they anxiously asked which country’s currency was it. However, some Kashmir University students who were also eating at the canteen convinced the boys that it was a new Indian banknote. So the boys happily accepted the new crisp banknote.

Let’s have a look at the new Rs. 200 banknote to avoid any problems in using it.

  • The Reserve Bank of India issued the new banknote in the third quarter of 2017. The banknote belongs to the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series.
  • Base color:  Bright Yellow
  • Dimension: 146 mm * 66 mm


Front side / Obverse of the Banknote: Placement of Various Features


Rs. 200 banknote from India


I. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of India: Centre

II. 2 Watermarks on the Right: (1) Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi (2) Electrotype (200)

III. Denomination Numeral (200): (1) See through register (2) Latent image

IV. Denomination Numeral in Devanagari: Before the portrait in vertical orientation

V. Denomination Numeral with Rupee Symbol:

  1. Twice before the portrait in vertical orientation
  2. Between the RBI and Ashoka Pillar emblems in horizontal orientation in color changing ink (green to blue)
  3. Micro-Text on identification mark (H) on the right

VI. Denomination in Words in Devanagari (दो सौ रुपये): On the top before the windowed security thread

VII. Words in micro letters: 200, India, RBI, and ‘भारत’ (Bharat in Devanagari)

VIII. Inscriptions on windowed security thread: ‘भारत’ (Bharat in Devanagari) and RBI in English

IX. Changing colors of windowed security thread: The color changes to blue from green if you tilt the banknote.

X. Guarantee Clause

XI. Promise Clause: The clause bears signature of the current RBI Governor, Dr. Urjit R. Patel.

XII. RBI Emblem: On the right of the windowed security thread

XIII. Ashoka Pillar Emblem: On the right side of the banknote

XIV. Banknote numbers: On the top left and bottom right sides. The size of the numerals increase from left to right.


Special features on the Obverse for Visually Impaired Users

  • Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi: Raised printing / intaglio
  • Ashoka Pillar Emblem: Raised printing / intaglio
  • Raised Identification Mark with Micro-Text: “H”  “₹ 200 (Denomination numeral with rupee symbol)
  • 2 Circles between 4 Angular Bleed Lines: On the left and right sides

Back side / Reverse of the Banknote

New Rs. 200 banknote from India


I. Year of Printing Banknote: On the left

II. Cultural Heritage Motif:  Sanchi Stupa

III. Swachh Bharat Logo with Slogan: Before the language panel

IV. Language Panel: On the left of the motif of Sanchi Stupa. The denomination is written in words in the following 15 languages in alphabetical order:


1. Assamese
2. Konkani

3. Punjabi

4. Bengali

5. Malayalam

6. Sanskrit

7. Gujarati

8. Marathi

9. Tamil

10. Kannada

11. Nepali

12. Telugu

13. Kashmiri

14. Oriya

15. Urdu


V. Denomination Numeral with Rupee Symbol:

  1. Top left side
  2. Top right side
  3. Center right side
  4. Bottom right side

VI. Denomination Numeral in Devanagari: Top right side

VII. Denomination in Words in English (Two Hundred Rupees): On the top

VIII. Denomination in Words in Devanagari (दो सौ रुपये): On the left side in vertical orientation

IX. Inconsistent patterns, including geometric and peacock patterns, at the bottom