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November 22, 2016: The Indian 20 rupee was first introduced in 1972 to hold the banknotes’ production costs. The 20 rupee note, in the Mahatma Gandhi series, was introduced by the Reserve Bank in August 2001.

The Mahatma Gandhi series’ ₹20 banknote is a red-orange colored with a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in the obverse side. The note has a signature of the governor of Reserve Bank of India. To assist the visually challenged in recognizing the currency, Braille feature was put up.


But, what is on the reverse side of the note?

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If you look carefully, you will observe that there is a picture of an island in the center of the note. Ever wondered which place that is?

According to National Geographic Traveler, it is a fascinating photo of one of the 300 Andaman Islands. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a small group of islands situated at the juncture of Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

The island that you can see is the North Bay Island. There is a small opening that gives the exact view. North Bay Island is a famous tourist place of Andaman Island.

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The official document enlisting all the design elements of every Indian currency notes does not mention anything about the place. The detail on the ₹20 note reads, “The central theme depicts the Indian coastal line with coconut groves.” No geographic location has been specified.

Curator of the Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Museum in Mumbai, Mr. Radhakrishnan, said that the illustration could be an effort of the Indian government to emphasize India’s natural landscapes and reserves on the Indian currency.

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The island can viewed from the mountain top and the view is same as pictured on the back side of the ₹20 Currency note.

The Island is famous for all the water adventures it offers including jet ski, speed water boat ride, snorkeling, etc.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53


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