Twenty Rupees

Originally uploaded by Mishaone.

We have a new denomination in our currency! Has anyone seen or used the new Twenty Rupee bills yet? I was handed one as change today and found the checkered print on the urdu “20” a bit odd. To be honest, the overall look reminds me more of UAE Dirhams than the other Pakistani Rupee notes. Any thoughts?

On further reflection, I think the blank space at the sides is the govt’s way of accomodating all those people who like to write interesting graffiti and leave “paan stains” on notes before passing them on. Either that or when you use the note, the recipient tears off the blank bit like a ticket stub and gives it back to you.

8 Comments so far

  1. Aman (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 9:05 pm

    I hear they have special security features, any idea what kind of security features they are talking about?

  2. ACE (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 9:46 pm

    yeah one dat i can see is … .in dis actually Quaid-e-azam is lookin much younger ….

  3. hafsa (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 3:24 am

    i read somewhere that the security features are anti-scan and anti-reprint or something like that.

  4. Yasir (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 4:28 am


  5. Zag (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 11:44 am

    They have plans that by 2006 all the other denominations will be changed to match the Rs. 20 note. once they are done with that, then you can say that Pakistan is at par UAE ;)

  6. huma (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 6:19 pm

    ace is right! quaid e azam’s wrinkles have been photoshopped away i see..

  7. saba (unregistered) on August 20th, 2005 @ 3:02 am

    But whats the use of the blank white strip? Did they suddenly run out of ideas?

  8. khan (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 3:13 am

    There are a few security features on the note, including the water mark photo of quaid, water mark of the digit 20, hidden digit 20 in the pattern printed so that if viewed from a certain angle it is visible, the figure 20 in urdu printed half on one side and half on the back so when trans illuminated it makes the whole figure 20 in urdu.

    In addition the denomination is also printed in braille for the blind.

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