[INDOLOGY] FW: Tamil currency symbol

Lubin, Tim LubinT at wlu.edu
Fri Apr 17 08:04:34 EDT 2015

P.S., I should add that Reinhold Grünendahl gives a similar, even larger list on pp. 52–54 of his wonderful volume, South Indian Scripts in Sanskrit Manuscripts and Prints (Harrassowitz, 2001).  But I still do not see your symbol.


From: <Lubin>, Tim <LubinT at wlu.edu<mailto:LubinT at wlu.edu>>
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:54 AM
To: Manu Francis <Manufrancis at gmail.com<mailto:Manufrancis at gmail.com>>, Indology <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>>
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Tamil currency symbol


Pope’s Tamil Hand-Book (2nd ed., 1859), p. 18, gives a useful list of such symbols used in “Cutchery Tamil” of the colonial period, but I do not find your symbol among them.  I attach the relevant page.



Timothy Lubin
Professor of Religion and Adjunct Professor of Law
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia 24450


From: Manu Francis <Manufrancis at gmail.com<mailto:Manufrancis at gmail.com>>
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6:58 AM
To: Indology <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>>
Subject: [INDOLOGY] Tamil currency symbol

Dear Colleagues,

In one of the Tamil manuscripts I am working on, I have found the mention of a price.
This currency is expressed by a symbol (see attached images).
I guess this symbol means "rupee", but I am not sure.
Has any of you ever seen such a symbol?
Or could direct me towards any source illustrating currency symbols used in Tamil and/or Indian manuscripts/inscriptions?

With many thanks in advance.


Emmanuel Francis
Chargé de recherche CNRS, Centre d'étude de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (UMR 8564, EHESS-CNRS, Paris)
Associate member, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Culture (SFB 950, Universität Hamburg)
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