2AQ , 7AB , 7AC ,8AC ,9AB ,9AA 9BV ,2AU ,7DN ,7CN , 9AT
0EP ,6AB ,6CW ,6BC,6AV,6AC,7CA,
7DD ,8BP ,8BS ,8PQ ,8DC ,8BB 8DP, 8BF ,8CS ,8DD ,9BK ,9AN
9AR ,9PN ,9CN, 9OS .
Read the circular from RBI:-
How to identify fake notes?
(Reference from
Fake Note
How to look for the Watermark?
This is seen on empty portion on the left side of the note. Hold note against the light. One should be able to
see a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in this space, along with multi-directional lines and an electrolyte mark
showing the denominational numeral (i.e.100, 500, etc)
What is Micro-lettering?
-Hold the note at eye-level. Look into the gap between the vertical band on the right and the portrait of
Mahatma Gandhi. In genuine notes, one should be able to see the word RBI and the denominational numeral
in this space.
-Hold the bank note horizontally, with the right vertical band facing you. One should be able to see a latent
image of the denomination.
-Hold the note up against light. On the left of the portrait and half down the vertical band on the side, one can
see a floral design, which appears hollow on the front side and filled up on the opposite side. The
denominational numeral can be seen as a whole in this floral design, though the half of the numeral is printed
on one side and the other half on the opposite side.
Identification marks – This is to help the visually impaired to identify the denomination
See below the floral design. One can see a dark patch in intaglio print (raised print). The shape of the intaglio
print varies according to the denomination of the note. Different shapes for various denominations (Rs 20 –
vertical rectangle, Rs 50 – square, Rs 100 – triangle, Rs 500 – circle and Rs 1,000 – diamond) are available.
Other features that appear in intaglio print
1. Seal of the RBI
2. The guarantee and the promise clause
3. RBI Governor’s signature
4. The Ashoka pillar emblem
5. Mahatma Gandhi portrait
Intaglio print is absent on a fake note. Features 2,3 will be showing a lot of differences in case of a fake note.
What Is Security thread?
It is 1.4 mm wide. It appears in breaks on the front of the original note. However, from the back, it looks like
a complete line. The words RBI and Bharat (in the Devanagari script) inscribed on it. Appears yellow in ultraviolet ( UV) light. This thread will not glow if it’s a fake note. Continuity of the security thread is not
maintained if its a fake note.
Other features seen on Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 note. Look for color changes
Hold onto a Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 note. The color of the numeral will change from green (when you hold the
note flat) to blue (when it is held at an angle).
What features one can see in UV light?
1. The optical fibres on the bank note make themselves visible when held under ultraviolet light. In case of a
fake note, optical fibres are less in number.
2. The year of printing of the original note should also be visible in the middle and the reverse side near the
3. Genuine note is made of a fibre, which has a “unique feel” and “a crackling sound.” These features are seen
with the notes that were released after 2005.
What to do if you come across a fake note?
If you get a fake note from an ATM, take it back to the branch from where you initially got it. Provide the
time of the transaction, the amounts involved and the denominations. The bank may be able to trace the
I request all the people to learn how to identify the fake note. You can also use fake note detector to identify a
fake note. The machine cost is Rs5000-Rs7000. Even fake note detector with alarm is available in market.