Fake R200 Notes: Here’s how to spot the counterfeits

Consumers have been warned that there are currently many fake R200 notes circulating in the monetary system in KwaZulu-Natal.

And according to a report by eThekwini Secure on its Facebook page the counterfeit money has been cleverly produced to appear as real as possible.

eThekwini Secure shared photographs of the fake R200 notes on its website, warning that there had been several recent reports about the fake notes in Durban and Pietermaritzburg last weeks. Reports about the fake R200 notes are also circulating on other social media such as Whats App.

“Two reports of plenty fake R200’s this week.  One in PIetermaritzburg and R603,” Thekwini Secure posted.

Thekwini secure noted that there is even a fake watermark that cleverly appears on the back of the note and shows through in the front when held up.

“The strip is from a R20 note so there’s a lot of effort put into it.{lease be careful. All these R200 are fake,” Thekwini Secure reported on its Facebook page about the fake R200 notes.

Durban private investigator Miles Mowat said there had also been a report of fake notes in Phoenix. He said suspects had reportedly attempted to pay for goods at a local tuck shop but the attendant had noticed that the note was not up to standard and the suspects had jumped in their vehicle and driven off.

According to the South African Reserve Bank, here’s how to spot a counterfeit bank note:


By holding a banknote up to the light, the following features can be observed.

Security Feature
Security thread

The security thread is the shiny strip on the front of the banknote, which becomes a continuous solid line when held to the light. The words “SARB”, “Rand”, the denomination and the South African coat of arms should be visible.


The watermark is an embedded image of Nelson Mandela with the denomination.


By lightly running your fingertips over the banknote, the following features can be observed.

Feature for the visually impaired and blind
Raised print

On the front of the banknote, the portrait of Nelson Mandela and the words SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK will feel slightly raised or rough.

Intaglio printing
Visual aid feature

The raised lines on the bottom left and right of the front of the banknote are aids for the visually impaired. The R10 has one line, the R20 two lines, the R50 three lines, the R100 four lines and the R200 five lines.


By tilting a banknote, the following features can be observed.

Seacurity thread
Security thread

The metallic thread will reflect light and exhibit a slight colour shift.

SPARK®Live colour-changing ink
Colour-changing ink

The numerals on the bottom right of the banknote are printed with a colour-changing ink. The R10 and R20 banknotes exhibit a slight colour shift, whereas the R50, R100 and R200 banknotes appear to have a moving line. If you suspect that you have a counterfeit note, see Counterfeit Notes below.


Presh JM Reporter

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