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Free Indian Rupee Symbol Font

A new sign for the Indian rupee was introduced exactly a year ago and was immediately assigned a position in the Unicode standard. Many people were skeptical as to whether the new symbol would be accepted and used, but looking at the publishing and advertising world in India today, we have to conclude that the adoption rate for the new rupee sign is stunning. Our unscientific estimate is that 75% of prices now use the new currency symbol. The rupee symbol, a blend of the Devanagari ‘Ra’ and Roman ‘R’ gives India a symbol of confidence and recognition in the global economy.

Euro and Rupee construction

Both Euro and Rupee symbols were originally conceived as logos, with fixed proportions, so they have no relationship with the style of the font that they have to work with.

Compared to the adoption of the Euro symbol, the adoption of the rupee sign has been much faster, but there are some similarities. For example, both symbols were introduced as logos rather than glyphs, meaning that the symbols had a fixed appearance that worked well with surrounding text in regular width fonts like Helvetica, but not with light, heavy, or more ornamental fonts.

Times of India

Note how poorly the Rupee symbol works in this sample from the Times of India. The symbol is too light and too small for the bold and condensed headline.

We at Indian Type Foundry have decided to adopt the symbol and to include it in all our fonts. Furthermore, we have decided to design and release a free font with the new rupee sign in various styles and weights. While the Unicode value of the new glyph is 0x20B9, in this font we encoded the 20 variations under capital letters A–T. Feel free to use it and show us examples of how it works for you.

Download the font in OpenType or in TrueType format.

ITF Rupee font

 

The free ITF Rupee font comes in a range of styles — from Sans to Serif, to Condensed and Rounded, each in multiple weights to match any style of numerals.

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Comments (14)

  • karthikeyan, 11 January 2013, 08:06 AM

    rupees fonts

  • Rajesh Jukaria, 27 December 2012, 06:02 AM

    thanks to provide us Indian Rupee symbol

  • Mohanchand Kanneganti, 21 December 2012, 09:09 AM

    When the symbol came out immediately at that time I opined that it is tedious to write. The old Rs. is easier to write. In the new symbol, you need to lift the pen once or twice which is not advisable. Particularly the Devnagari like overline is dispensable. It is someone's lack of imagination and stupidity of others concerned while finalizing it. The ra letter in Kannada (I amn't a Kannadiga) would have been very easy, beautiful and depicting more meaning vastu-wise. It consists of a round circle (to claim the India's invention of zero as well as to represent the round mother earth) with a short overline that athletically flashes to next whatever you need to write. You can write this symbol in 1/3rd of the time it requires to write the symbol they adopted. (Those who did not understand what I said better have a look at ra in Kannada or Telugu. If most of you agree, now is it too late to change it? Thanks pals!

  • SHAKTISINH, 10 December 2012, 01:26 PM

    i want this font

  • Rajesh, 15 June 2012, 01:54 PM

    Thanks

  • yogita, 28 May 2012, 08:35 AM

    Thank uuuuuuuuu For sharing it helps a lot .

  • Eli B, 06 September 2011, 10:53 AM

    I would love to have an italic / oblique version as well. Do you have one that I could buy from you?

  • Eli B, 05 September 2011, 06:38 PM

    Thank you, thank you thank you... my Baskerville Old Style was not happy with the original 'logo'-style symbol at all. If you'd like to see it in action, go to lovetravelguides.com and look out for the "Love Goa" travel guide, soon to be published and in shops around India and the world!

  • Rohan, 20 July 2011, 12:34 PM

    But as much i know; Delhi HC has already allows RTI activist to file PIL in "Indian Rupee Symbol Scam" (as DMK leader non-eligible son win the competition) Source:http://www.saveindianrupeesymbol.org

  • Satya Rajpurohit, 16 July 2011, 12:22 AM

    Well, consulting a type designer was too far — there was not even a proper graphic designer in the panel. Most jury members were government officials and ministers. There is a website devoted to this entire scam: www.saveindianrupeesymbol.org/

  • Peter Bilak, 15 July 2011, 10:58 PM

    Steven, while there have been controversy concerning this competition, I think that that the selected design is most usable from the 5 runner-ups. Have a look at the finalists. And if you are looking for more background information look at the List of References in this Wikipedia article.

  • Stephen Coles, 15 July 2011, 08:20 PM

    Again, I'm Devangaari illiterate, so I'm revealing my ignorance here. But this is the Devangaari Ra, correct? Help me understand its relationship with this symbol.

  • Stephen Coles, 15 July 2011, 07:55 PM

    Can you help me understand the selection of this symbol by the Indian standards committee? I remember a competition being involved. Was a proper type designer consulted? It seems to me a very difficult shape to draw well and legibly, especially in heavy weights. There is so much density in the top half of the character. It feels like there was too much pressure to match the look of the Euro.

  • Prtish Tandon, 14 July 2011, 08:24 PM

    A very much needed effort...personally have come across such unbalanced form of the symbol used across at various places. And it use to be always visually jarring. Great Work....!!!