The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said today in a notification that new Rs 20 notes will soon be issued in the market. The new notes will be in Mahatma Gandhi series 2005. The RBI notification said that the new Rs 20 notes will have inset letter ‘S’ in the number panel and carry the signature of Governor Urjit R Patel. Apart from these, most of the other visual features of the new Rs 20 notes will be the same as the earlier Rs 20 notes issued in the same series. RBI also clarified that old Rs 20 notes will continue to be legal tender and there is no need to get them replaced or deposited in bank.
Some changes have also been introduced, for example, intaglio (raised printing) has been replaced with offset (without any raised printing). The offset printing will cover components such as the numeral 20, RBI seal, Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait, RBI legend, Guarantee and promise clause, Governor’s signature, and Ashoka Pillar emblem. The rectangular identification mark towards the left side has also been removed in the new notes. There are no color changes in the reverse of the note, but front color appears lighter due to removal of intaglio printing. The horizontally visible latent image of ’20’, which could be seen at eye-level, has also been removed.