What’s the Star Symbol (*) in Some Indian Bank Notes?

 start symbol on indian bank noteEver got a note with a * present somewhere in the serial number? Wondered what it is? Thought it to be duplicate and gave it away to someone to get rid of it? Or collected it as a part of your ever increasing currency collection? Well for a couple of obvious reasons the note can’t be duplicate. Those into such anti-national activities for some obvious reasons won’t want their duplicate notes to stand out from other notes. So the notes with a * in their serial numbers are definitely original!

Like most of the things there’s scope for some mistakes in currency printing as well. Rarely do mistakes happen in currency printing, but when they do, these notes simply can’t be handed over to public as it is. These notes though carry a lot of value to collectors are practically useless in the market and general public may simply want to get rid of it. These notes with mistakes thus are reprinted and made available to public and for easy identification a * symbol is added after the first three characters or prefix followed by the six digit serial number.

These notes were initially available only in small denominations of Rs. 10, 20 and 50, but now star marked notes with denominations of 100 are available.


  1. The prefix in the star marked notes is unique to them only and is not clubbed with regular issues.
  2. The star marked notes are available in denominations of 10, 20, 50 and 100 only. Star marked notes of higher denominations like that of 500 and 1000 are expected to make way in the market soon.
  3. These notes are genuine and can be used for daily transactions without any worries.

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