Monday, October 24, 2011

What is the Symbol for the Russian Ruble?

Also of interest: The double-headed eagle on the ruble was
adopted early on in the Rurik period from the Byzantine
double-headed eagle to symbolize the Rurik rulers' relationship
with the Byzantine royal family, the Paleologues, through
Ivan III's consort, Zoe (Sophie) Paleologue, a Greek princess.

The short answer is there is no official symbol. During the imperial period until about the early reign of Nicholas I around the 1820s, a symbol with the Russian letters "er" (Р) and "u" ( У) was used, pictured at right. It has been replaced with a variety of symbols including R and руб. The Central Bank of Russia has been trying to decide since 2007 on a new design for the symbol and is considering both a P with two lines through it and the symbol below.

This post is adapted largely from Wikipedia. Thank you to Wikipedia, specifically the English-language article on the Russian Ruble for providing so much helpful information.

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