India might not yet have cracked the G8, but it is joining an equally select financial group: those economies whose currencies have their own symbol.

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India might not yet have cracked the G8, but it is joining an equally select financial group: those economies whose currencies have their own symbol.

A year-long quest to give the rupee its very own symbol should soon be resolved. After a countrywide competition was launched last April, a government panel is now considering five finalists.

Only a small group of currencies currently bear their own symbols: the dollar, the British pound, the yen and the euro among them. To date, the Indian rupee has been simply stated as Rs or INR.

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