Azeri Manat symbol is coming to Unicode (U+20BC)

manat-bananUPDATE (07/14): Azeri Manat symbol is now part of Unicode! See announcement here and manat symbol here.

In 2006 Azerbaijan changed its currency. New banknotes were designed by Robert Kalina alongside with the new Azeri Manat symbol – manat

In 2008-2011 a number of attempts were made by different Unicode work group members (Philippe Verdy, Karl Pentzlin) in order to add this symbol to the currency symbols table ( However, due the insufficient evidence of real use proposals were declined.

2012 was remarkable for the manat symbol. Thanks to the initiative started by design/art agencies such as JIS, manat symbol became widely used in advertisements, on scratch card, price labels and markets.

In order to complete manat symbol encoding process we started collecting symbol usages in the wild and gathered them in this album.

Finally, on the Unicode WG meeting which was held on 10-14 June 2013, MANAT SIGN has been accepted for encoding at U+20BC. You can see more details here:

I’d like to thank everyone who helped to make this happen by promoting manat sign in designs, crowd sourcing photos and especially Michael Everson from Unicode WG for pulling things together. We still have some work ahead of us before symbol will appear in the fonts and keyboard layout.


For the last few months I was involved with very interesting project – ElasticInbox. The goal was to build highly available email store without a single point of failure which can run on commodity hardware and scale linearly. Initially we were planning to load ~30M messages.

In past few years there’s been very interesting development in the area of data storage technologies driven by the cloud adoption – all sorts of NoSQL databases, Blob stores, etc. After researching various data storage technologies we’ve chosen Cassandra and OpenStack Object Store for our implementation.

Despite that, we designed ElasticInbox to be independent of the particular storage technology. For example, we used jclouds to provide blob store abstraction. In future, we may add HBase driver in addition to Cassandra.

ElasticInbox was open sourced and available at GitHub. Below are the presentation slides and video from Cassandra London meetup. For more info visit


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