India adopts a new symbol for its currency

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NEW DELHI — The Indian rupee joined the U.S. dollar, the British pound, the euro and the Japanese yen on Thursday when it got its very own symbol.

The rupee’s new rune is a modification of a letter in the Devanagari script, which is used to write Hindi, India’s official language. It was designed by D. Udaya Kumar, a student at the Indian Institute of Technology, who studied typography, scripts and ancient printing methods. It looks like a capital letter R, minus its vertical leg, and with two added horizontal lines through the upper, curved portion.


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