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New Rs 2,000 notes being sold on eBay for as much as Rs 1.51 lakh
While many people have yet not managed to beat the queues outside banks and ATMs to get their hands on the new and crisp Rs 2,000 notes, they are already up for grabs on the internet if you have the kind of cash to cough up.

On Wednesday, the new notes appeared on eBay for sale at a heavy premium price of Rs 3,500 for each Rs 2,000 new currency note (to be paid through credit/debit card or online transfer).

But if you consider yourself an overt collector of memorabilia, who also does not mind spending those extra bucks, special series new Rs 2,000 notes are also available at exorbitant prices. For instance a set of 5 Rs 2,000 notes starting with the series `786' along with a Rs 500 note of 786 series was being offered by a seller for Rs 1.51 lakh.

The number 786 has a lot of religious significance especially for Muslims around the world, as the Arabic letters of the opening phrase of the Quran "Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim" (In the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most benevolent) sum up to the numerical value 786.

Muslims, especially of South East Asia prefer to use the number 786 as a replacement for the first phrase of the holy Quran while writing at places considered to be inappropriate for writing down verses from the Quran.

A spokesperson of the US-based e-commerce website eBay said that the since they were an independent online marketplace, they had little control over listing of items on offer from sellers. He also said that since there had been no successful transactions of such notes, the company was removing the notes from the offer list to avoid any legal hassle.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court in July last year had issued notices to various online websites including eBay asking them to stop selling Indian currency notes of special series. However, in November, private individuals were seen selling new 1 rupee notes on e-commerce sites at nearly 100 times their face value. 

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