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RBI logo was inspired from East India Company's gold coin

The Reserve Bank of India, which was established on April 1, 1935 during the British Rule, modelled its official emblem after the double mohur of The East India Company. The logo originally featured a sketch of the Lion and Palm Tree but it was later decided to replace the lion with a tiger to represent India better.


The selection of the Bank's common seal to be used as the emblem of the Bank on currency notes, cheques and publications, was an issue that had to be taken up at an early stage of the Bank's formation.

The general ideas on the seal were as follows:

the seal should emphasise the Governmental status of the Bank, but not too closely;

it should have something Indian in the design;

it should be simple, artistic and heraldically correct; and

the design should be such that it could be used without substantial alteration for letter heading, etc.

For this purpose, various seals, medals and coins were examined. The logo of Lion and Palm Tree replaced the lion with a tiger.


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