I want to use the Russian Ruble symbol. How can I get hold of it?

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    Which font (or font family) do you use? – Mico Aug 10 '15 at 17:27

Brew your own, made scalable. If the default sans font changes, some adjustments may be needed to the measurements.

88\Ruble abc

\Huge 88\Ruble abc

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If one prefers a less bold version

88\Ruble abc

\Huge 88\Ruble abc

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You can use fontawesome and \faRub:





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  • I get the error message: The fontspec package requires either XeTeX or LuaTeX to function } – Sapiens Aug 10 '15 at 17:53
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    @FrodeBjørdal You need a recent version of fontawesome to be able to use them directly with pdflatex. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 10 '15 at 17:54

If you can use either XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX and can make use of a font that provides the required symbol, you could proceed as in the following example.

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\setmainfont{PT Sans} % per Unicode, the 'ruble' symbol is in slot U+20BD
\newcommand\ruble{\char"20BD }
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    And if you can input the ruble sign using your keyboard (e.g. using AltGr + 8 on Windows), you can use it directly. So instead of typing \textyen\ruble\textdollar as above, you would just type ¥₽$. Using any (official Unicode) character with LaTeX is now really a solved problem. As long as you use LuaLaTex or XeLaTeX, you can just type the characters directly. There’s no longer any need for any fancy hacks or magic (La)TeX commands. – Karl Ove Hufthammer Aug 11 '15 at 20:56
  • IMHO, this is the best answer (of the three answers currently posted). It is the only solution which makes the resulting character a character 1) you can correctly copy and paste into other documents, 2) that can be correctly recognised by screen readers (e.g. text-to-speech software for the blind), and 3) a typographically well-designed character that always fits well with the surrounding text, and looks the way the type designer intended. – Karl Ove Hufthammer Aug 11 '15 at 21:03
  • @KarlOveHufthammer - Thanks! Windows-based and Mac keyboards (let alone the virtual keyboards on android and ios systems) by now all have methods for inputting "nonstandard" (i.e., non-ASCII) characters. However, the methods are quite disparate and depend importantly on a given system's base language. That's why I didn't touch on the matter of inputting the character directly and, instead, offered a macro called \ruble. Of course, the font used to create the pdf file still needs to provide the glyph in question. – Mico Aug 12 '15 at 4:48
  • What is AltGr? On my keyboard I see only Alt key. – Igor Kotelnikov Aug 13 '15 at 10:52
  • @IgorKotelnikov - I think it's a key that comes on keyboards distributed with fairly recent Windows-based systems. – Mico Aug 13 '15 at 11:30

An answer on stackoverflow contains the following "official specification":

Official specification

The following example implements this in pgf. The side bearings are unspecified. The example uses 75 % of the line width for the side bearings. The image shows the letter P, the Russian ruble and the Russian ruble in a box to show its bounding box.


    \dimendef\H=0 %

P \RussianRuble


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