The back of the above Note showing 2008 (below the image of the Himalayan Ranges) as the year of issue mentioned on it.
The following are the Front and back of a rupee symbol 100-rupee Note issued in 2012. Notice that the year 2012 is mentioned at the back of the second image , just below the picture of the Himalayan Ranges and the Note carries the Rupee symbol just before the numerals "100".
Star series Notes:
The numbering on the replacement Notes is exactly like the normally printed ones, but have an additional feature i.e. a “STAR” (*) is added in the serial number in the space between the prefix and the number.
The main significance of these notes, besides the “STAR” is that, although, these notes would be issued in packets of 100 each, these bank notes would not be serially numbered.
To enable easy identification, the bands on these packets will clearly indicate that the packet contains star-series banknotes. The notation on the band of such note packets normally is “contains non-serially numbered notes with * in the number panel”, both in Hindi and English.
Posted on 26.02.2014:
I was pleasantly surprised to receive the undernoted Rs.100/- Star Series Banknote in almost uncirculated condition from a Shopping Mall today!!
This Banknote too has an "L" Inset, however this has been issued in 2013. This is one of the last few * "Star" series banknotes issued under the signature of RBI Governor D. Suubarao who has relinquished office in late 2013.
Posted on 04.09.2013
An Error Note:
Posted on 23.01.2014:
Reserve Bank of India has now decided to withdraw all currency notes issued prior to 2005, without specifically mentioning that these Banknotes will cease to be legal tender. From April 2014 all Banks will accept and exchange pre-2005 Banknotes. These Banknotes are easily identified by the absence of the year of printing on the Back of the Note. RBI estimates that the maximum number of fake currency Banknotes are from the period prior to 2005. From 01.07.2014, to exchange more than 10 pieces of Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- banknotes, non-customers will have to furnish identity and address proof to the Bank Branch. However, it is expected that later on RBI will issue a communication advising users the final date upto which Banknotes prior to 2005 will be accepted by the Bank.
Therefore, please start examining the year of issue"at the back of the currency Notes passing through your hands, so as not to face the inconvenience of going to a Bank Branch for returning the currency issued prior to 2005.
While this is a welcome step, RBI needs to have a policy in place to take the remaining counterfeit Banknotes issued after 2005, like changing/revamping the Front and Back designs, adding more effective security features etc. so as not to put users at risk of accepting counterfeit currency Banknotes.
Links to other Posts on Indian Currency Notes on this Blog:
1)Did-you-know-series-1: Assists for identification of Currency Notes by visually challenged users.
2)Did-you-know-series-2-What-is-design-or focus of the picture on the back of Currency Notes in circulation in India?
3)Classification and Valuation of Rs.1000/- Notes
4)Classification and Valuation of Rs.500/- Notes
5)Classification and Valuation of Rs.50/- Notes
6)Classification and Valuation of Rs.20/- Notes
7)Classification and Valuation of Rs.10/- Notes
8)Classification and Valuation of Rs.5/- Notes
9)Did you Know Series (18): Are you carrying a Fake Rs.500/- Banknote in your purse/wallet: A comprehensive study