10 going thru a facelift..

After the introduction of the Rs. 20 note and the Rs. 5000 note.. the State Bank of Pakistan is now on the mission of revamping all existing bank notes of Pakistan (or so i think..). The first among these denominations to be given the new look is the Rs. 10 note. Made slightly smaller than the Rs. 20 note, and in green color, it looks good, is small and compact. Finally the order is restored w.r.t size when putting notes in the wallet. (Smallest to largest denominations, with 10 being in the front instead of the 20).



The only thing which bothers me though, is the inconsistency in the design of all three new notes. A colleage pointed that out to me, otherwise i wouldnt have noticed it all together. Take a look at the features of the Rs. 10, Rs. 20 and Rs. 5000 notes at the SBP website and you’ll find that
1) On the Rs. 10 note.. the braille denomination is missing, while being present in the other two.
2) On the Rs. 5000 note.. the Reflective Ink image of the flag is present, while missing from the other two.

What i cant figure out is “why”?

10 Comments so far

  1. umar (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

    small bills are better. follow international standards and fit easily into the wallet

  2. Adnan (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 1:36 am

    higher the denomination the more security features it has……thats what i think

  3. misha (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 2:16 am

    About time. The ten being larger than the twenty and smaller than the fifty rupee note was getting rather awkward to handle.

  4. Anwar (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 5:00 am

    Are these Rs10 bill have any technology safeguards to prevent thieves from counterfeiting via Xerox type machines. A while back I remember reading somewhere that there is a consortium of central banks of western countries that deploy technology known as counterfeit deterrence systems where they work with the hardware and software vendors like Xerox, Toshiba and others to have their counterfeit technologies pre installed in their hardware without announcing in user manuals. Just to see if this was true I had once tried to copy a twenty dollar bill on a professional color Xerox machine and all got was some sort of error code.

    What’s one to do when it comes time to pay after you have enjoyed that delicious Halim cup at the corner stall and you are down to your last 5k bill. I think halim-wala might let you keep your 5k bill in exchange for few hours of washing the dishes.

  5. Erum (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 8:19 am

    Mansoor – You might want to put this up with SBP by sending them an email at: currency@sbp.org.pk

    They will be the best people to answer these question.

  6. Zain (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 9:30 am

    @Erum, banker speaks :)

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

    anwar: i guess the anti-xerox part of the note is the ‘transparent denomination’ feature they have on the top left of the first image.. You cant get that via xerox ;)

    erum: thanks, i did.. waiting for a response now.

    misha: i can totally relate!

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

    erum: got this reply for my mail…

    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

    Delivery to the following recipients failed.


    Final-Recipient: rfc822;aziz.lakhani@sbp.org.pk
    Action: failed
    Status: 5.2.2
    X-Display-Name: Abdul Aziz Lakhani – Engineering (HOK)

    well, atleast now we know a Mr. Abdul Aziz Lakhani Is the person to contact….

  9. Erum (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 8:07 am

    Zain – what else would you expect from a banker :)

    Mansoor – I hope the message got delivered to someone! This could be a mailing list of which Mr. Lakhani is a member. Let’s hope someone replies. Btw, very interesting findings.

  10. mansoor (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    erum: i hope so.. and thanks.

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