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The Reserve Bank is the nation's sole note issuing authority. Along with the Government of India, we are responsible for the design, production and overall management of the nation's currency, with the goal of ensuring an adequate supply of clean and genuine notes.

Information pertaining to Currency Management

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RIA 5831/2013-14/DCM

Please mention physical features of following denomination of notes/coins, approved by Reserve Bank of India /mint. Dimension of following denomination of notes/coins-
Rs. 1000, Rs. 500, Rs. 100, Rs. 50, Rs. 20, Rs. 10, Rs. 5, Rs. 2, Re. 1Coins Rs. 10, Rs.5, Rs. 2, Re. 1, Re. 1/50

Dimension means diameter/thickness or length and breadth, thickness, /height /depts. in cms.

Available information in the form it exists, about the size of contemporary banknotes in the denomination of Rs. 5, Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1000 in Mahatma Gandhi Series, may be accessed on the Bank's website on the following link-

For common person>Extra Curricular>Currency Museum>Contemporary Bank Notes>Bank Notes

Information about Re 1 and Rs. 2 notes is not available with us.

Available information, in the form it exists, on dimension of some of the coins may be accessed on the Bank's website on the following link-

For common person>Extra Curricular>Currency Museum>Coinage

3297/11-12 DCM

Arrangements for minting of coins and printing of notes and names and addresses of agencies [Mints / Note Presses] in India

(i) Arrangements for minting of coins is done through the following Mints of Government of India:

(a) India Government Mint Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg Fort, Mumbai 400023
(b) India Government Mint Alipore, Kolkata 600053
(c) India Government Mint D-2, Sector -1, P.O.Box No.78 Noida 201301
(d) India Government Mint IDA Phase, Cherapally (R.R.District) Hyderabad 500051

Arrangements for printing of notes is done through the following Currency Presses:

(a) Currency Note Press Nashik Road - 422101
(b) Bank Note Press Dewas 455001
(c) Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Pvt. Ltd. Note Mudran Nagar Mysore 570003
(d) Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Pvt. Ltd. Salboni - 721132

February 7, 2012

2886/11-12 DCM

Procedure & Terms of supply of new currency in various chests of banks

(i) As regards the procedure, allocation of notes and coins to Reserve Bank of India offices is made on the basis of indent placed to presses and mints. Offices of Reserve Bank of India arrange remittances to currency chests under their jurisdiction as per the periodical indents placed by the currency chests and stocks available with them as well as with the currency chest. Currency chest branches in turn supply notes and coins received from Reserve Bank of India offices to other branches linked to them. There are no terms and conditions.

January 13, 2012

RIA 2439/2007-08

What are the different forms and value of Rupee accepted as per Indian law?

When does an in-use rupee form become invalid or not acceptable? is there any Govt order that describes an invalid form of rupee?

Is a torn/damaged rupee note valid?

What damage will make rupee note invalid (eg complete torn apart note ,half torn note etc.?

What are various options available for one to follow to make an invalid rupee note valid.

Bank note/ coins are legal tender in payment or on account as indicated below:

(i) Banknote of any denomination and coin of any denomination not lower than a rupee for any sum.

(ii) In case of a half rupee coin for any sum not exceeding 10 rupees.

(iii) In the case of any other coin for any sum not exceeding one rupee.

The Central Government may, by notification in the gazette, declare that with effect from such date as may be specified, any series of bank notes of any denomination shall cease to be legal tender. Further, no person shall of right be entitled to recover from the Government or the Reserve Bank of India, the value of any lost, stolen, mutilated or imperfect currency note of Government of India or banknote. The value of imperfect / mutilated note may be refunded as a matter of grace subject to conditions and limitations.

Soiled bank notes (i.e. notes which have become dirty and due to excessive use or double numbered banknote cut into two pieces but on which both the numbers are intact) can be exchanged for full value at Reserve Bank of India or any commercial bank branch.

The public can get value of mutilated notes (i.e. notes which are torn,disfigured, burnt, washed, eaten by white ants etc.) as a matter of grace, as laid down in the RBI Note Refund Rules 1975 (as amended up to 1980) after adjudication. Currently, provisions exist for payment of full, half or no value as far as bank notes of Rs.10 and above are concerned. As regards Re.1/-, Rs.2/-, and Rs.5/- notes, the tenderer can get either full or no value depending upon the condition of the note. Mutilated notes can be tendered at Reserve Bank of India Offices/designated bank branches.

The following types of banknotes are not eligible for payment under RBI Note Refund Rules, 1975 (as amended up to 1980)

A banknote which is

  • less than half the area of the full note.

  • devoid of the major portion of the number on an undivided area i.e. the prefix and three digits or four digits of the number in banknotes up to and inclusive of Rs.5/- in respect of banknotes of Rs.10/- and above where this inadequacy is present at both the numbering panels.

  • Cancelled by any office of Reserve Bank of India or against which the value has already been paid.

  • found to be forged / counterfeit.

  • Deliberately cut or tampered, carrying extrinsic words or visible representation intended to convey or capable of conveying any message of a political character

    Notes can be exchanged / tendered for adjudication over the counters of Reserve Bank of India Offices/designated bank branches. Mutilated notes can be sent by post for adjudication to the nearest Issue Office of Reserve Bank of India.

July 25, 2008

RIA 135/
2007-08 DCM

Instructions given by RBI to banks regarding exchange of mutilated notes.

Information on instructions given to banks on exchange of mutilated notes is in our Master Circular- "Facility for exchange of Notes and Coins" available at on our website.

Aug 27, 2007

RIA 133/2007-08 DCM

Are 25 paise and 50 paise coins withdrawn from circulation?

The 25 paise and 50 paise coins are legal tender and are not withdrawn from circulation. They may be validly used/ accepted for all transactions. RBI has issued press release to that effect and has also issued instructions to banks to display at all branches, boards/notices for information of customers/ general public to the effect that all 25 and 50 paise coins continue to be valid/legal tender and may be used for transactions in the normal course.

Aug 22, 2007.