Design a Currency Symbol for the Indian Rupee - Government Contest

Most countries in the world have distinct identification symbols for their currency - $ represents the US Dollar, £ is used for GBP, € for Euro, etc. but there’s still no official currency sign for the Indian Rupee.

While symbol like Rs is commonly used to represent the Indian Rupee, these are no official currency signs and therefore the Government of India has now announced a public contest to pick up a sign that will represent the currency of India.

You may send the symbol on an A-4 size paper in black and white print and that the size of the final currency symbol design should not be smaller than 36 sq inches.

The symbol has to be either in the Indian National Language Script or a visual representation but should be applicable to the standard computer keyboard.

The Government also wants to ensure that your Indian Rupee design represents the historical and cultural ethos of India.

Members from Reserve Bank of India and art institutes like National Institute of Design, Lalit Kala, Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art, and othre would comprise the jury that will select the winning currency design.

If you are a creative artist or designer, this is your ultimate chance to create history - if your currency design is chosen, you’ll be forever remembered in history books of the world (and Wikipedia) as the “official designer of Indian currency symbol”.

  • Government of India
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Department of Economic Affairs
Last date for submission for entry:
  • April 15, 2009
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3 Responses to "Design a Currency Symbol for the Indian Rupee"

  1. gravatar Soumen Das Says:

    My symbol is in the link below:
    You will find whatever, you suggested as part of it, and many more like Swastika symbol, King’s face used in ancient currencies, Ashok Chakra, Number 0, letters e.g, R,S,P,U,E,I etc. even र or रु, holy signs like sacred kalash and also the sign of stability along with its negotiation with foriegn currencies with the use of horizontal bar having two open arms facing upward & downward to keep up with market fluctuation and finally as a whole visual representation of an emperor with one sword facing upward in right hand to fight enemies and the other one in left hand facing downward to hole peace in his country but yet it is so simple!
    I think it’s not at all complicated as it consists of 1 P, 1 O and 1 horizontal S. It is a three Stroke symbol, whereas $, £ are two stroke symbols and €, ¥ are of three strokes.
    Even, this symbol can be written in a single stroke by starting from the downside of P , followed by the O in anti-clockwise direction and finally the horizontal S. Moreover, the pattern is so unique that ambiguity will never arise with other letters/ currencies/numbers even if written carelessly or in too hurry.

  2. gravatar Anonymous Says:

    Govt.of India , economic affair department ran a competetion to design a symbol for rupee like dollar have $ at its website

    here is my entery to the contest..
    My simplest yet worthy “peace of art” for Indian Rupee Symbol link..

  3. gravatar Anonymous Says:

    awesome try guys. @mewool it looks as if it is the symbol for real numbers in mathematics. Won't that be a violation if u used that symbol??

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