Like any other global currencies our own Indian Rupee also got a symbolic identity now. Here is the symbol which will mark its move into currencies history:
This design is created by D Udaya Kumar who is a post graduate from IIT. He will get an award of Rs 2.5 lakh which was declared y the finance ministry for the finally selected design. This design was selected by a five-member jury set up to finalize the symbol.
The Indian rupee is now the fifth currency in the world to have a distinct identity and it will join the elite club of US dollar, British pound, European Euro and Japanese yen to have its own symbol.
If you notice the new symbol then it clearly represents the Roman letter “R” as well as Devanagti letter “र”. Also the upper two black lines including the middle white space gives the impression of tricolor of Indian flag.
Soon this symbol will be printed on Indian currency note and embossed on coins.
Now I am waiting to see this symbol to be incorporated in Unicode charcater list or some font creator expert can create it using font creation tool as soon as possible so I can use it easily with my laptop 🙂
Here is some trivia about Indian Rupee:
According to historians the first ‘rupee’ was issued by Emperor Sher Shah Suri in the 15th century. One rupee was equivalent to 40 copper paisas then. The rupee is believed to be derived from the Sanskrit word raupya, which means silver.
Updates (19Jul2010): I got the font file also to mention `. Check here for font file and detailed instruction to apply the same.