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Different currencies of the world having images of significance printed on them

Well, the primary purpose of putting images of different monuments, animals, sites, temples, persons, etc. is to show the country's rich culture and biodiversity to the world. And so, images which are printed on the Indian currency have their own story and significance.

Let us now find out which Indian currency has which image printed on it!


One Rupee Note

A quick fact here is that One Rupee Note was first printed in India during World War I. Before this, silver coins of one rupee with a picture of George V was in circulation. But, due to World War I, the supply of silver coins got shortened, and hence the government printed started printing one rupee note from 30 November, 1917 onwards. It must be noted that only One Rupee Note is such note which is printed by the Ministry of Finance and not the Reserve Bank of India. The front side of One Rupee Note has an image of One Rupee Coin, and the reverse side of the note has an image of an oil exploration site.


Reverse side One Rupee Note. Photo by RBI.


Two Rupees Note

The Reserve Bank of India has stopped printing Two Rupees Note because of its high cost of printing, but the old notes are still legal in the market. Interestingly, the front side of Two Rupees Note has an image of the 'Ashoka Emblem', and the reverse side of the note has an image of India's first satellite, named "Aryabhatta". This note, in a way, shows India's progress in the field of science and technology.


Reverse side Two Rupees Note.Photo by RBI.


Five Rupees Note

Again, due to the increasing cost of printing, the Reserve Bank of India has stopped printing Five Rupees Note, but already printed notes are still circulated in the market. The front side of Five Rupees Note has a picture of Mahatma Gandhi, and an image of a farmer ploughing the field is printed on the reverse side. This note shows the importance of agriculture in the Indian economy.


Reverse side of Five Rupees Note.Photo by Wikimedia Commons.


Ten Rupees Note

Interestingly, the cost of printing one Ten Rupees Note is around 96 paisa. The new Ten Rupees Note has two images on the front; one of the Ashoka's Emblem and the other of Mahatma Gandhi. On the reverse side of the note, images of the wheel at the Konark Sun Temple is printed along with the "Swaccha Bharat" or Clean India logo.


Reverse side of Ten Rupees Note.Photo by RBI.


Twenty Rupees Note

The cost of printing one Twenty Rupees Note is almost equivalent to the cost of printing one Ten Rupees Note. The front side of the note has an image of Mahatma Gandhi and the Ashoka's Emblem, and the reverse side of the note has an image of Ellora caves.


Reverse side of Twenty Rupees Note.Photo by RBI


Fifty Rupees Note

The cost of new Fifty Rupees Note is around ₹1.81. Again, the front side of the note has an image of Mahatma Gandhi, Ashoka's Emblem, and the Indian Parliament. On the reverse side of the note, image of the Chariot of Hampi and logo of Swaccha Bharat is printed. Hampi is a UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site located in Karnataka.


Reverse side of Fifty Rupees Note.Photo by RBI.


Hundred Rupees Note

Interestingly, the cost of printing one Hundred Rupees Note is ₹1.20. The front side of the note has an image of Mahatma Gandhi and the Ashoka's Emblem, while on the reverse side of the note, image of Rani ki Vav is printed. Rani ki Vav is a stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat, India. This place is also listed as one of the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites since the year 2014.


Reverse side of Hundred Rupees Note.Photo by RBI.


Two Hundred Rupees Note

The cost of printing one Two Hundred Rupees Note is around ₹2.93. The front side of the note again has an image of Mahatma Gandhi and the Ashoka's Emblem, and the reverse side of the note has an image of the famous Stupa at Sanchi. Sanchi Stupa is an important monument of Indian Architecture. This Great Stupa was commissioned by the Mauryan Emperor, Ashoka the Great, in the 3rd century BCE. This place is, too, recognised as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


Reverse side of Two Hundred Rupees Note.Photo by RBI.


Five Hundred Rupees Note

The new cost of printing one Five Hundred Rupees Note is around ₹2.94. As usual, the front side has an image of Mahatma Gandhi and the Ashoka's Emblem, and on the reverse side of the note, image of the Red Fort and logo of Swaccha Bharat is printed.


Reverse side of Five Hundred Rupees Note.Photo by RBI.


Two Thousand Rupees Note

It must be noted that this note is being printed for the first time in India. Moreover, due to advanced security features, the cost of printing of one Two Thousand Rupees Note is around ₹3.54. The front side, again, has an image of Mahatma Gandhi and the Ashoka's Emblem, and on the reverse side of the note, image of Mangalyaan, which was launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the year 2013. In fact, this launch made India the first Asian nation to reach the Martian orbit, and the first ever nation in the world to do so on its maiden attempt. Along with the image of Mangalyaan, logo of Swaccha Bharat is also printed.


Reverse side of Two Thousand Rupees Note.Photo by RBI.


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