Rupee 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” or “Rs.”.

Rupee sign
In UnicodeU+20A8 RUPEE SIGN (HTML ₨)
CurrencyMauritian rupee
Nepalese rupee
Pakistani rupee
Seychellois rupee
Sri Lankan rupee
See alsoU+09F3 BENGALI RUPEE SIGN (Bangladeshi taka)
U+0BF9 TAMIL RUPEE SIGN (Sri Lankan rupee alternative sign)
Different from
Different fromU+20B9 INDIAN RUPEE SIGN (HTML ₹) (Indian rupee)

It is common to find a prefix before the digits denoting the rupee currency value written as “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).

Rupee code points in Unicode

Unicode code points for rupee and related currency
ScriptSymbol in Unicode Unicode version[lower-alpha 1]
GeneralU+20A8 RUPEE SIGN 1.0
TamilU+0BF9 TAMIL RUPEE SIGN.[lower-alpha 2] Compare ரூ , which is also used.[lower-alpha 3] [lower-alpha 4] 4.0[4]

It has been proposed that this code should be deprecated,[5] and the following sequence used instead: U+0AB0 + U+0AC2 + U+0AF0

Unicode Names List notes the latter is "preferred spelling"[6]

BengaliU+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]

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 ४ (414216R24212, 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); ১৫৷৶ (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. (lit. ganda 5), ৭৷৶৻৭ (7 taka 7 ana 7 ganda).[10]



Rp is the standard abbreviation for the Indonesian rupiah.

Legacy encoding

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]


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