One in three banknotes in circulation is Rs 500: RBI annual report


There were more banknotes in circulation in 2020-2021 than the previous year as people hoarded money in the midst of a pandemic, with Rs500 banknotes accounting for over 31% of the total.

The share of Rs 500 banknotes, in terms of volume, increased from 25.4% in 2020. It was only around 15% in 2018.

In terms of value, the Rs 500 banknotes represent 68.4 percent of the total value of banknotes in circulation. In 2020, this share was 60.8% and in 2019 it was 51%. The share of Rs 2,000 banknotes, however, has declined in both value and volume.

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