The Rupee Will Get Its Own Symbol. Eventually. : Planet Money India's government thinks the country's currency needs its own symbol -- so it can stand proudly alongside the $, ¥, £ and €.
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The Rupee Will Get Its Own Symbol. Eventually.

One of these will be the new symbol for the rupee. Times of India hide caption

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A while back, India's government decided the country's currency needed its own symbol — so it could stand proudly alongside the $, ¥, £ and €.

But coming up with a symbol is taking a while.

The government announced a contest to create the symbol in February of '09, with an entry deadline of April 15th of last year. In December, the government published a list of five finalists.

The cabinet was supposed to choose the winner last week, but the Finance Minister asked for more time to review the finalists, according to the Times of India.

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