The Reserved Bank of India (RBI) will shortly issue new denomination for Rs 100 currency notes under the Mahatma Gandhi (new) series and the base colour of the new Rs 100 notes will be lavender – continuing the theme of vivid colours of new Indian currencies.

It started with magenta-pink and it has led to an electric lavender. After demonetisation in November 2016, the Reserved Bank of India introduced new series of cash denominations. The biggest Indian currency valuing Rs 2000 was coloured magenta and then different denominations covered spectrum of colours ranging from magenta to grey to orange to blue, brown and now lavender. The RBI is all set to issue new Rs 100 notes which will match the new currency denomination theme and will be much smaller in size, compared to the existing ones.

The new Rs 100 note will feature the motif of “Rani Ki Vav” step-well – a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Gujarat, on the back side of the currency note. The motif will pay a tribute to the country’s rich cultural and architectural heritage with image of the step-well in Patan that was built in 11th century AD as a memorial to a king. The note will also feature a windowed security thread with inscriptions ‘Bharat’ in Hindi and RBI with colour shift on the front side. The security strip colour will change from blue to green when the note is tilted – just like existing denominations; and above all, it will be much smaller in size.

All in all, the designs, patterns, symbols and emblems will be colour-themed lavender and it will align with the overall theme of post-demonetisation Indian currencies. Albeit it is unknown of when the RBI will issue the new notes, but it must be noted that all the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 100 issued by the RBI in the earlier series will continue to be legal tender.