Design a Currency Symbol for the Indian Rupee – deadline 15 April 2009

Please note: this website is not related to the competition – I am simply posting this here for your information.

Design the India Rupee Symbol – Public contest

While symbols like Rs are 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.

This PDF form from the Ministry of Finance has full details of the competition. The Government also wants to ensure that your Indian Rupee design represents the historical and cultural ethos of India.

Indian RUPEEMembers 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”.


  • ruchit Yadav says:

    A Participent Can Send two entries or two Design.

  • jay says:

    how can it be applicable to standard keyboard? can you please explain?

  • Chris Joseph says:

    Sorry Jay, I don’t have any information beyond what is in the pdf linked to in the post. You could try asking the contact address listed in the pdf for more information.

  • sarang says:

    This site does not contain any information about this competition.

    Where do we search more information.

  • Chris Joseph says:

    Hi Sarang,

    the details are contained in the pdf document –

  • sarang says:

    Those details are not sufficient for such a tough project.
    even if I am a font designer, I need to know few things.
    any solution?

  • Chris Joseph says:

    I’m afraid I just posted the information for people to be aware of this competition – I am not a competition organiser, nor do I have any knowledge about it beyond what is posted there!

  • T Irshad Siddu says:

    Hi Friends,
    I Have an idea for design of symbol for Indian Rupee, Since one can send maximum two entries is there anyone to accept me as a Co-designer for competition. becuse i am from poor family, I can’t afford Rs.500\-. My mobileNo. 09052433811 & Email

  • 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 ? or ??, 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!

  • info master says:

    My favorite Symbol for Indian Rupee is


    Three horizontal like they have in Indian flag.



    Easy to type on keyboard even :


    ? Symbolize

    Unity, Harmony, Solidarity, Strength

    So lets see what Indians come up with….

  • Neha Goyal says:

    Here is the symbol that I worked on and submitted:

    After that I started drawing symbols based on my keywords and ideas.
    I think that symbol works on a number of levels. First of all it uses the Hindi ‘Ra’ and combines it with English ‘S’. So in essence it spells Rupees with a full stop in the end. The full stop can also be perceived as a bindi, zero or even earth, which have a lot of philosophical meaning behind it.

    Now if you look at the bottom, it looks like an elephant’s trunk. The S also looks like a snake. The half moon is reminiscent of Taj Mahal’s top crescent. If you rotate the symbol anticlock wise, it almost looks like Gandhi ji’s Charkha or even a Saraswati Veena. It is also reminiscent of the top part of the Om. The symbol could very well resemble a musical note. The S in the symbol is almost an open paisley shape. Lastly, I feel the symbol also looks like a mother holding her child securely and lovingly, which represents a strong family.

    I believe that the symbol is flowy and organic like the Devnagari script and also many Indian designs/ fonts etc. In true essence, I believe that symbol is representative of India.

    I purposely stayed away from Swastika because it is only viewed as a Nazi symbol as the rest of the world, and people are ignorant about it. Though I am a hindu and I believe in it, but the rest of the world looks at it as a symbol of hatred. Also it does not give an image of a secular country.