Counterfeiting banknotes are minute by percentage against the total number of genuine notes in circulation. The State Bank of Pakistan makes every effort to combat counterfeiting to limit its impact on Pakistani banknotes and to maintain public confidence in Pakistani banknotes. The following efforts are made to secure the banknote:

New series of Pakistani notes have a number of security features that are easy to use but difficult to copy or counterfeit. All genuine banknotes have several security features (prevent from counterfeiting) that one can check easily and quickly.

We recommend few security features to verify the genuineness of the old and new series banknote that are:

In counterfeit notes the watermark is made by using opaque ink, painting with white solution, stamping a die or by applying oil, grease or wax to give the transparent image of portrait of Quaid-e-Azam.

The security thread is embedded in the banknote paper. The counterfeit notes is imitated by drawing a line by pencil or printing a line with gray ink or by using a plastic thread or by pasting two thin sheets of paper. The thread appears a continuous dark line at Rs10, Rs.50 and Rs.100 old design notes, The word ‘State Bank of Pakistan’ may be checked in the thread of Rs.500 and Rs.1000. The words ‘State Bank of Pakistan’ along with ‘denomination numeral’ may be checked at the new design banknotes of Rs.10 and Rs.20 whereas this appears as silver dashes at Rs 5000 banknotes. The denomination ‘5000’ may be checked and on viewing through ultra violet light yellow and blue fluorescent bands may be viewed.

Latent images are produced by intaglio print and the protection. The denomination numeral may be viewed vertically at the obverse right on Rs.20 and Rs.5000 new design banknotes.

Optical variable ink changes colour when viewed at different angles. Rs.5000 banknotes contain the printing of OVI surrounding the crescent moon and five pointed star. The OVI print changes colour from green to gold and vice versa.

The portrait of Quaid-e-Azam and denomination numeral at the obverse is printed in intaglio (raised printing). The tactile lines at the left and right with the various identification mark for visually impaired persons at left on Rs.5000 and Rs.20 new design notes (Three raised circles at Rs.5000 and a raised line at Rs.20) are printed in intaglio. One can easily feel the raised printing by touch at the obverse on each banknote except Rs.10 banknote.

It comprises of 2 different images, one on the front and the other on the back. When the note is held up to the light a third image is produced by the combination of each image. This feature appears in the floral patterns printed on Rs.500 banknote at the outer edge of watermark and on Rs.1000 note it appears at the half circles at left and right sides of the note. In the new design banknotes this feature appears in the shape of denomination numeral at upper left corner.

Tiny messages can be worked into designs and printing processes. With most, if not all counterfeiting techniques these tiny messages are lost, so in that respect they offer good protection. By viewing through magnifying glass the denomination numeral may be viewed at the obverse right of the new design notes close to the printed cap while at the left bottom close to the security thread. Additionally this feature may be viewed in the Margalla Hills at the back of the Faisal Mosque.

For further confirmation please check the more security features


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