RBI to issue new Rs 100 denomination banknote, bearing a motif of ‘Rani Ki Vav’

Jul 20, 2018 12:20 IST
RBI to issue new Rs 100 denomination banknote, bearing a motif of ‘Rani Ki Vav’

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on July 19, 2018 announced to shortly issue Rs 100 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, bearing signature of Dr Urjit R. Patel, Governor of Reserve Bank of India.

However, all the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 100 issued by the RBI earlier will continue to be legal tender.

Key Features

• The new banknote bears a motif of ‘Rani Ki Vav’ on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage.

• The base colour of the note is Lavender.

• The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse.

• The dimensions of the banknote will be 66 mm × 142 mm.


The existing green coloured Rs 100 note carries an image of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world.

Other Features

Obverse (Front)

Reverse (Back)

See through register with denominational numeral 100

Year of printing of the note on the left

Latent image with denominational numeral 100

Swachh Bharat logo with slogan

Denominational numeral ‘१००’ in Devnagari

Language panel

Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre

Motif of Rani Ki Vav

Micro letters ‘RBI’, ‘भारत’, ‘India’ and ‘100’

Denominational numeral ‘१००’ in Devnagari

Windowed security thread with inscriptions ‘भारत’ and RBI with colour shift; Colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted


Guarantee Clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause and RBI emblem


Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right


Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (100) watermarks


Number panel with numerals in ascending font on the top left side and bottom right side


Gujarat’s Rani Ki Vav

Rani Ki Vav is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in Patan, Gujarat.

The stepwell is located on the banks of Saraswati River.

It was built by Queen Udayamati of the Solanki Dynasty in the 11th-century as a memorial to her husband King Bhima I.

Rani Ki Vav was built in the complex ‘Maru-Gurjara’ architectural style with an inverted temple and seven levels of stairs and holds more than 500 principal sculptures.

The central theme of the structure is the ten incarnations of the Lord Vishnu.

It was added to the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites on June 22, 2014.

The site bagged the title of the ‘Cleanest Iconic Place’ in India at the Indian Sanitation Conference 2016.


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