RBI to issue new Rs 20 ‘greenish yellow’ notes

The new Rs 20 banknote has a motif of Ellora Caves on the reverse.
It also contains a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre, with micro letters ‘RBI’, ‘BHARAT’ (in Hindi), ‘INDIA’ and ’20’

NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) will shortly issue new “greenish yellow” Rs 20 currency notes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) series, the central bank said in a notification dated April 26. The new Rs 20 notes will bear signature of the Reserve Bank’s governor Shaktikanta Das.

“The base colour of the note is Greenish Yellow. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse,” the RBI said.

“The new (Rs 20) denomination has motif of Ellora Caves on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage,” it added.

Here are some other details of the new Rs 20 notes:


*See through register with denominational numeral 20. This is the small floral design printed both on the front (hollow) and back (filled up) of the note in the middle of the vertical band next to the watermark has an accurate back to back registration. The design will appear as one floral design when seen against the light.

* Denominational numeral 20 in ‘Devnagari’ and the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi will at the centre.

*Micro letters ‘RBI’, ‘BHARAT’ (in Hindi), ‘INDIA’ and ’20’ along with windowed demetalised security thread with inscriptions ‘BHARAT’ and RBI.

* Guarantee Clause, governor’s signature with promise clause and RBI emblem will be towards right of Mahatma Gandhi portrait and Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right.

* Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (20) watermarks and number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side.


*Year of printing of the note on the left and ‘Swachh Bharat’ logo with slogan.

*Language panel and motif of Ellora Caves

*Denominational numeral 20 in ‘Devnagari’.

*Dimension of the new Rs 20 notewill be 63mm x 129mm

“All the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 20 issued by the Reserve Bank in the earlier series will continue to be legal tender,” the RBI further mentioned.

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