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Rupee sign
In UnicodeU+20A8 RUPEE SIGN
CurrencyMauritian rupee
Nepalese rupee
Pakistani rupee
Seychellois rupee
Sri Lankan rupee
Different from
Different fromU+09F3 BENGALI RUPEE SIGN (Bangladeshi taka)

U+20B9 INDIAN RUPEE SIGN (Indian rupee)

U+0BF9 TAMIL RUPEE SIGN (Sri Lankan rupee alternative sign)

The rupee sign "" is a currency sign used to represent the monetary unit of account in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mauritius, Seychelles, and formerly in India. It resembles, and is often written as, the Latin character sequence "Rs", of which (as a single character) it is an orthographic ligature.

It is common to find a punctuation mark between the rupee symbol and the digits denoting the amount, for example "Re: 1" (for one unit), or "Rs. 140" (for more than one rupee).

On 15 July 2010, India introduced a new currency symbol, the Indian rupee sign, . This sign is a combination of the Devanagari letter (ra) and the Latin capital letter R without its vertical bar (similar to the R rotunda).

In Unicode[edit]

Unicode code points for rupee and related currency
Script Symbol in Unicode Unicode version[a]
General U+20A8 RUPEE SIGN 1.0
General U+20B9 INDIAN RUPEE SIGN 6.0
Tamil U+0BF9 TAMIL RUPEE SIGN.[b] Compare ரூ , which is also used.[c][d] 4.0[4]

It has been proposed that this code should be deprecated,[5] and the following sequence used instead: U+0AB0 GUJARATI LETTER RA + U+0AC2 GUJARATI VOWEL SIGN UU + U+0AF0 GUJARATI ABBREVIATION SIGNરૂ૰ Unicode Names List notes the latter is "preferred spelling"[6]

Bengali U+09F3 BENGALI RUPEE SIGN, synonym "Bangladeshi taka".[9] Compare ট (ṭô) রু (ru.) and ৳ are also used in Bangla script outside Bangladesh for the Indian rupee/taka.[10] 1.0
North Indic (pre-decimalisation) U+A838 NORTH INDIC RUPEE MARK

A rupee was divided into 16 anas (sing. ānā, pl. āne in Hindi), and an ana into 12 pies (Hindi pāī). Fractions were written with vertical marks for quarters and horizontal marks for sixteenths (or, in the case of pies, twelfths). Rupees were written in normal digits, anas as fractions, and pies either as fractions or in a hybrid digit-fraction notation. The rupee mark was placed after the rupees and anas and before the pies.

For example, in English, 4 rupees 6 anas and 8 pies would be written "Rs. 4-6-8". (Note the three-part notation is similar to £pounds,shillings/pence in pre-decimal British currency.) The same quantity in Devanagari was written ४꠰꠴꠸꠱꠴ (4+14216R24212, the ४=4 here is Devanagari, the other symbols were all used across multiple northern scripts). There were intermediate quarter-ana (and in Marharashtra, quarter-rupee) currency units, so this could also be read "4 rupāyā 1 pavalī 2 ānā 2 paisā 2 pāī". 40 rupees would be just ४०꠸, without any fractional part. [11]

Eastern Nagari (Bangla and Asamiya) – pre-decimalisation U+09F2 BENGALI RUPEE MARK (ṭākā)
U+09FB BENGALI GANDA MARK (20 gaṇḍā in one ānā)

The taka or ana mark was written after the numerals, for example: ৩৭৲ (37 taka); ১৫৷৶৹ (15 taka 7 ana, lit. "15+4+316"). (Note that the fraction numerator symbols are different from the regular numerals, there is no separator between taka and ana.) The ganda mark was written before the value, e.g. ৻৫ (lit. ganda 5), ৭৷৶৻৭ (7 taka 7 ana 7 ganda).[10]



Rp is the standard abbreviation for the Indonesian rupiah.

Legacy encoding[edit]

This symbol is not present as a separate code point in ISCII or PASCII.


  1. ^ Version of Unicode standard where the symbol was first included.
  2. ^ Also code 0x96 in TAM (Tamil Monolingual encoding),[1] and code E106 in TACE16 (Tamil All Character Encoding).[2]
  3. ^ "...the syllable ரூ seen for rupee instead of (the already encoded) ௹."[3]
  4. ^ The shape at the end of the "tail" is an abbreviation mark that is also used in some other symbols. "In passing, one notes that some sources given a lesser known alternate glyph for rupee where the Tamil abbreviation mark is joined with the ரூ (rū, for rūpāy) below the base and not above (as currently shown in the code chart)."[3]


  1. ^ Chellappan, P. "TAM to Unicode conversion" (PDF). Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  2. ^ P.W.C. Davidar (23 June 2010). "Standards Prescribed for 16-bit coding of Tamil Script" (PDF). Government of Tamil Nadu. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b Sharma, Shriramana (12 July 2017). "Proposal to encode Tamil fractions and symbols" (PDF). pp. 14–15.
  4. ^ "The Unicode Standard, Version 4.0. Delta code chart for Tamil" (PDF). 2003.
  5. ^ Pandey, Anshuman (7 October 2009). "L2/09-331 Proposal to Deprecate Gujarati Rupee Sign" (PDF). Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  6. ^ "None".
  7. ^ "The Unicode Standard, Version 4.0. Delta code chart for Gujarati" (PDF). 2003.
  8. ^ "02117, Proposal summary form: Additional Characters for Indic Scripts" (PDF). 21 March 2002.
  9. ^ "Bengali. Range: 0980–09FF" (PDF). unicode.org. Retrieved 24 September 2023.
  10. ^ a b Pandey, Anshuman (21 May 2007). "Proposal to Encode the Ganda Currency Mark for Bengali in the BMP of the UCS" (PDF).
  11. ^ Pandey, Anshuman (15 May 2007). "Proposal to Encode North Indian Accounting Signs in Plane 1 of ISO/IEC 10646" (PDF).
  12. ^ "Common Indic Number Forms" (PDF). unicode.org. Retrieved 24 September 2023.