Frequently Asked Questions
What purposes can the
lari symbol be used for?
Most monetary systems
have their symbols, the most popular among which are the following: $, €, ₣, ¥
– US Dollar, Euro, Franc, and Yen. Currency symbols are short, easy to remember
and comfortable to use. This is their primary and most important purpose – to
denote a particular currency.
What is the concept of the lari symbol based on?
The concept of the lari
symbol is based on the letter “Lasi” (L) of the Georgian “Mkhedruli” alphabet.
The lari symbol is a new
glyph – a graphic sign. Adding to vertical parallel lines to the simple,
single-curve “Lasi” results in a stylized image of a full, three-curve letter
What are the
limitations regarding the use of the lari symbol?
There are no limitations
regarding the use of the lari symbol; there are, however, recommendations you
can learn about in the “Lari Symbol Implementation Principles and Supplementary
Manual”. For detailed information visit the webpage -www.lari.gov.ge
Is there a rule about
the placement of the lari symbol with nmbers?
The lari symbol should
mainly be placed after numbers, with a small distance in between. An exception
to the standard rule is when the lari symbol is used with other currency
symbols, in non-Georgian texts, where such symbols traditionally come before
Is the registration of
lari symbol planned in the Unicode?
The National Bank of
Georgia submitted the registration to the Unicode Consortium after the approval
of the symbol. The registration process in the Unicode takes several months and
includes the registration in the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) as well. According to the existing information the appearance of
lari symbol is supposed to be in the eighth version of Unicode which is planned
to be issued in June of 2015. According to the preliminary information lari
symbol will be placed in the block 20BE.
How can the lari
symbol be used in text processors (e.g. Microsoft Word)?
Most of the fonts
popular nowadays do not include the lari symbol. Thus a special font “Lari” has
been created comprising a set of lari symbols adjusted to different frequently
used fonts. For example, if you use Times and require a lari symbol adapted to
this font, you switch to the “Lari” font and select the appropriate symbol. For
detailed information visit the webpage - www.lari.gov.ge .
You can also download the font from the same address.
What does adapting the
lari symbol mean?
The lari symbol is not a
trademark that must have a single image. The standard image of the lari symbol
can be altered based on particular concepts. The symbol can be adapted
according to the demands of particular fonts - in order to naturally merge with
Is there a manual for
adapting the lari symbol?
“The Lari Symbol:
Implementation Principles and Supplementary Manual”, the special document,
implemented by the National Bank of Georgia is available on the webpage - www.lari.gov.ge in both English and Georgian languages. The manual is also
available for downloading in PDF format.
What are the main
elements of the lari symbol glyph?
The lari symbol is
comprised of two elements: a single-curve, simple “Lasi” creating a “tail” at
the point of the arc merging with the base and two vertical parallel lines
crossing the arc.
What are the standard (original)
proportions of the symbol?
The information about
the standard proportions of the lari symbol is available at the following link
Are there any
adaptation limitations regarding the angle of the symbol?
If the font the lari symbol
is being adapted to is angled or italic, the lari symbol has to naturally merge
Using the symbol, is
it okay to use more than one color?
The lari symbol is not a trademark that should have a particular
color. Thus, there are no limitations regarding the color of the lari symbol.
Are there any
recommendations regarding the intersections of the character strokes?
Based on the task you
can create a lari symbol with beveled strokes or without them. Both versions
are acceptable. Though it must be kept in mind that in the first case, each
beveled stroke must be parallel to the other and create a 45° angle.
Is there a particular
rule about the structure and layout of vertical lines?
There are two types of
recommendations regarding the layout of vertical lines relative to one another
and the “Lasi” symbol. Recommendations are available on the webpage - www.lari.gov.ge
How is the height of
the lari symbol defined?
The height of the letter
“Lasi” is defined in a particular font according to the top edge of the zero
(0) character, and the two parallel lines extend beyond it.
How to use the Lari
symbol with price indicators?
The lari symbol must be
placed after the number, with the size and design identical to those of the
number; when used with decimal prices indicated in a smaller font, the lari
symbol remains the size of and is written on the same line as the whole number.