Not only has the Indian rupee symbol ₹ given the Indian rupee a visual recognition, it has also given it a distinct character internationally. It was in 2010 when Udaya Kumar Dharmalingam’s design for the Indian rupee pushed aside 3000 other entries to get the cabinet’s approval.
The symbol lends an identity to the Indian currency and helps to differentiate it from similar currencies of other countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Here are some interesting facts about the symbol that will tell you how much thought went into designing it.
1. Amalgamation of Devnagri ‘Ra’ and Roman ‘R’
2. Shrio Rekha – The horizontal line of Devnagri script
3. The tricolour
The symbol has two horizontal lines with equal negative white space between them. It creates a background effect of three stripes (tricolor) which subtly represent the Indian national flag flying at the top.