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RBI to Introduce New Re 1 Currency Note With New Features


The new one rupee currency note will have an overall colour scheme of pink and green, in combination with other colours.

New one rupee notes to be introduced by the RBI

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Tuesday that it will soon put into circulation currency notes of one rupee denomination and the existing currency notes in this denomination in circulation will also continue to be legal tender.

The one rupee note will be back after 22 years. The government today said the smallest denomination note is printed and ready for release soon. The Re 1 note was discontinued in 1994. The next year, Rs. 2 and Rs. 5 notes were also pulled out to free printing facilities for higher denomination notes. The old notes are still in circulation and remain legal.

Here are the top 10 things to know about the new Re 1 note

  • The new Re 1 note will be 9.7 by 8.3 cm and in a pink and green colour theme. Its previous avatar was of an indigo colour.
  • The note will have 'Bharat Sarkar' on its masthead, with 'Government of India' printed below that. All other currencies have 'Bharatiya Reserve Bank' and 'Reserve Bank of India' printed on them.
  • The one-rupee note has always been issued by the central government while all the other denominations are issued by the RBI.
  • According to an official statement, the watermarks of the Re 1 note will include the Ashoka Pillar, the hidden numeral "1" and the hidden word "Bharat (in Hindi)".
  • The note will also feature a replica of the one rupee coin and an image of the 'Sagar Samrat' oil exploration rig.
  • The printing of Re 1 notes started in January 2015 after reports of an acute coin shortage along with the rising instances of coins being melted and reused for a profit. But these were never released amid questions raised by the central bank on whether the government has the right to issue the notes. It does, said the law ministry.
  • The notes will have the signature of Rajiv Mehrishi, the Finance Secretary at the time, and current Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, who retires tomorrow. All other currency has the signature of the RBI governor.
  • The new one rupee note will cost the taxpayer 94 paise, compared to the one rupee coin, which is 70 paise when melted and has the highest circulation.
  • This is the third new currency to be launched by the government since demonetization in November, when the highest value notes of Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 500 were banned overnight as a sweeping measure to check black or untaxed money.
  • After the notes ban was announced on November 8 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, brand new Rs. 2,000 and 500 notes were introduced with updated security features. The government said to match global standards, security features will be changed every few years.

There will be multi tonal watermarks :

(i) Ashoka Pillar in the window without words ‘सत्‍यमेव जयते’
(ii) Hidden Numeral ‘1’ in the centre
(iii) Hidden Word ‘भारत’ vertically arranged on right hand side.

Here's the dimensions and paper composition of the new note:

1. Shape and Size: Rectangular 9.7 x 6.3 cm
2. Paper Composition: a) 100 percent (Cotton) Rag Content
3. Weight of Paper:- 90 Grams per Square Meter
4. Thickness of Paper:- 110 microns Multi-tonal Watermarks

The colour of one Rupee Currency Note will be predominantly pink green on obverse and reverse in combination with others.

After the notes ban was announced on November 8 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, brand new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes were introduced with updated security features.

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