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Date : Feb 13, 2015
RBI to issue ` 1 Currency Notes Soon

The Reserve Bank of India will soon put in circulation currency notes in one rupee denomination. The notes will be printed by the Government of India.

These currency notes are legal tender as provided in The Coinage Act 2011. The existing currency notes in this denomination in circulation will also continue to be legal tender.

Dimensions and composition of One Rupee Currency Note will be :

Denomination of NoteShape and Size Paper Composition
One Rupee Currency Note Rectangular
9.7 x 6.3 cm
100 per cent (Cotton) Rag Content
Weight of Paper 90 GSM (Grams per Square Meter) with tolerance of +/-3 GSM
Thickness of Paper 110 microns with tolerance +/-5 microns
Multitonal 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.

The design of the One Rupee Currency Notes will be as under:

  1. Obverse: will contain the words “भारत सरकार” above the words “Government of India” with the bilingual signature of Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Finance Secretary and with the replica of New Rupee One coin with ` symbol of 2015 issued with ‘सत्‍यमेव जयते’ and capital insert letter ‘L’ in numbering panel. The numbering will be in black at right hand bottom portion of the note.

  2. Reverse: will contain the words ‘भारत सरकार’ above the words “Government of India” with the year 2015 on the representation of One Rupee coin with ` symbol having floral design and the surrounding design will consist of the picture of ‘Sagar Samrat’ - the oil exploration platform and with the authentic rendering of value in fifteen Indian language in language panel and the year figure shown in the centre bottom in international number.

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

Alpana Killawala
Principal Chief General Manager

Press Release: 2014-2015/1722