New 5000 Rupee note
I think these are the new currency notes. I got them via email a few weeks back and their release was announced today. Haven’t seen them in the wild though. I must say, I like the new designs. They don’t have Mahinda and random boats in the air like the hastily photoshopped 1000 Rupee notes of recent yore. The new notes are interesting, they emphasize dance, butterflies, birds and infrastructure, each in different variations.
New 1000 Rupee note
I certainly like this new thousand better than the abomination that is Mahinda’s last redesign, something between an election handbill and the back of a bus. This not has a relevance of beyond a year, what with the traditional dancing, natural scenes and somewhat sturdy bridge. I think the current 1000 Rupee notes are nice, but I rarely find one crisp enough to discern anything in particular.
New 500 Rupee note
The 500 Rupee note is possibly the most versatile note in the currency. Many places or people can’t change a 1,000 or 2,000 and hundreds are too many to carry around. The 500 can be used almost anywhere. This note is very similar to the other notes, different dancer, different scene, different creatures, but same theme.
New 100 Rupee note
This note is interesting in that it has a Tamil dancer.
New 50 Rupee note
This looks a lot like the 500.
New 20 Rupee note
This looks a lot like the 1000.
The other notable note is the 5000, atop. This is notable in that it is awesome, with demon dancers, but also in that it is entirely new. Since the new 2000 is already impossible to use in most places, the 5000 will be doubly and a half so. I suppose it is useful for large cash transactions like rent, salaries or bribery.
Cool notes. Would be cooler if inflation didn’t keep making the denominations higher and higher. As a child I remember something called coins, now a quaint oddity.