Currency symbol

A currency symbol or currency sign is a graphic symbol used as a shorthand for a currency's name, especially in reference to amounts of money.

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Usage

When writing currency amounts, the location of the symbol varies by language. Many currencies in the English-speaking world and Latin America place it before the amount (e.g., R$50,00). The Cape Verdean escudo (like the Portuguese escudo, to which it was formerly pegged) places its symbol in the decimal separator position (i.e. 20$00).[1] In many European countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Scandinavian countries, the symbol is usually placed after the amount (e.g. 20,50 €).

The decimal separator also follows local countries' standards. For instance, the United Kingdom often uses an interpunct as the decimal point on handwritten price stickers (e.g., £5·52), but full stop (e.g., £5.52) in print. Commas (e.g. €5,00) or decimal points (e.g. $50.00) are common separators used in other countries.

Design

Older currency symbols have evolved slowly, often from previous currencies. The dollar and peso symbols originated from the mark employed to denote the Spanish real de a ocho, whereas the pound and lira symbols evolved from an L standing for libra, a Roman pound of silver. Newly invented currencies and currencies adopting new symbols have symbolism closer to their adopter. The added center bar in the real sign is meant to symbolize stability.[2] The new Indian rupee sign, , is a stylized combination of Latin and Devanagari letters.

There are also other considerations, such as how the symbol is rendered on computers and typesetting. For a new symbol to be used, software to render it needs to be distributed and keyboard mappings need to be altered or shortcuts added to type the icon. For example, the European Commission was criticized for not considering how the euro symbol would need to be customized to work in different fonts.[3] The original design was also exceptionally wide. These two factors have led to most type foundries designing customized versions that match the 'look and feel' of the font to which it is to be added, often with reduced width.

Recognition

The European Commission considers the global recognition of the euro sign part of its success. In 2009, India launched a public competition to replace the ₨ ligature (rupees) that it shared with neighbouring countries.[3] It finalised its new currency symbol, () on 15 July 2010. It is a blend of the Latin letter 'R' with the Devanagari letter '' (ra).

List of currency symbols currently in use

Some of these symbols are rare because the currency sub-unit that they represent is obsolete or obsolescent due to currency inflation.

SymbolUsesNotes
¤Generic currency signUsed when the correct symbol is not available.
؋Afghan afghani
ArMalagasy ariary[4]
฿Thai baht
B/.Panamanian balboa
BrEthiopian birr; Belarusian ruble
BitcoinCryptocurrency
Bs.F.Venezuelan bolívar variantUsually Bs.
GH₵Ghana cedi
¢cent, centavo, etc.A centesimal subdivision of currencies such as the US dollar, the Canadian dollar, and the Mexican peso. (See article.) See also c
ccent etc. variantPreferred by currencies such as the Australian, New Zealand, South African cents; the West African CFA centime; and the divisions of the euro. See also ¢
Ch.Bhutanese chhertumA centesimal division of the ngultrum.
Costa Rican colón, symbol was also used for the Salvadoran colón.The Salvadoran colón was discontinued in 2001 and it was replaced by the US dollar.
C$Nicaraguan córdoba
DGambian dalasi
денMacedonian denarLatin form: DEN
دجAlgerian dinarLatin form: DA
.د.بBahraini dinarLatin form: BD
د.عIraqi dinar
JDJordanian dinar
د.كKuwaiti dinarLatin form: K.D.
ل.دLibyan dinarLatin form: LD
динSerbian dinarLatin form: din.
د.تTunisian dinarLatin form: DT
د.م.Moroccan dirhamLatin forms: DH; Dhs
د.إUnited Arab Emirates dirhamLatin forms DH; Dhs
DbSão Tomé and Príncipe dobra
$Australian (A$), Bahamian (B$), Barbadian (Bds$), Belizean (BZ$), Bermudian (BD$), Brunei (B$), Canadian (CAD$), Cayman Islands (CI$), East Caribbean (EC$), Fiji (FJ$), Guyanese (G$),[5] Hong Kong (HK$/元/圓), Jamaican (J$), Kiribati, Liberian (L$), Namibian (N$), New Zealand (NZ$), Singaporean (S$), Solomon Islands (SI$), Surinamese (SRD), New Taiwan (NT$/元/圓), Trinidad and Tobago (TT$), and Tuvaluan, United States (US$), dollars

Argentine, Chilean (CLP$), Colombian (COP$), Cuban ($MN), Cuban convertible (CUC$), Dominican (RD$), Mexican (Mex$), and Uruguayan ($U) pesos
May appear with either one or two bars (), which share the same Unicode space.
Kiribati's and Tuvalu's dollars are pegged 1:1 to the Australian dollar. Brunei's dollar is pegged 1:1 to the Singaporean dollar. See also C$, MOP$, R$, T$, WS$.
Unicode: See $ for variants.
Vietnamese đồngU+20AB DONG SIGN
Armenian dramU+058F ֏ ARMENIAN DRAM SIGN
EscCape Verdean escudoAlso the double-barred dollar sign (cifrão):
EuroIn addition to the members of the eurozone, the Vatican, San Marino, Monaco and Andorra have been granted issuing rights for coinage but not banknotes.
ƒAruban florin (Afl.)[6]
Netherlands Antillean guilder (NAƒ)
FtHungarian forint
FBuBurundian franc
FCFACentral African CFA francPegged 1:1 to West African CFA franc.
CFAWest African CFA francPegged 1:1 to Central African CFA franc.
Comorian (CF), Congolese (CF, FC), Djiboutian (Fdj/DF), Guinean (FG/GFr), CFP Franc (₣) and Swiss (SFr) francsAlso F. The character ₣, representing an F with a double bar, was the symbol of the French franc, Sometimes it is represented by a ligature Fr in some fonts.
FRwRwandan franc[7]Possibly also RF[8] and RFr[9]
GHaitian gourde
grPolish groszA centesimal division of the złoty
Paraguayan guaraníor
hCzech haléřA centesimal division of the koruna
Ukrainian hryvnia
Lao kipor ₭N
Czech koruna
krDanish krone (DKK); Norwegian krone (NOK); Swedish krona (SEK); Icelandic króna (ISK); Faroese krónaFaroese króna pegged 1:1 to Danish krone, which is in turn pegged to the Euro through the ERM.
knCroatian kuna
KzAngolan kwanza
KMyanma kyat; Papua New Guinean kina; Malawian kwacha; Zambian kwacha
Georgian lariUnicode: U+20BE LARI SIGN (may display incorrectly)
LAlbanian lek; Honduran lempiraAlso used as the currency symbol for the Lesotho one-loti and the Swazi one-lilangeni note. Also rarely used for the pound sign (£)
LeSierra Leonean leone
лв.Bulgarian lev
ESwazi lilangeniSymbol based on the plural form "emalangeni" However the one-lilageni note employs the currency symbol L
lpCroatian lipaA centesimal division of the kuna.
Turkish liraUnicode: U+20BA TURKISH LIRA SIGN
MLesotho lotiSymbol based on plural form "maloti". The one-loti note employs the symbol L
Azerbaijani manatAlso m. or man. Unicode: U+20BC MANAT SIGN (may display incorrectly)
KMBosnia and Herzegovina convertible markCyrillic form: КМ
MTMozambican metical[10]Also MTn
Mill, mil, etc.An uncommon millesimal subdivision of US dollars and other currencies. (See mill (currency).)
NfkEritrean nakfaAlso Nfa[11]
Nigerian naira
Nu.Bhutanese ngultrum
UMMauritanian ouguiya[12]
T$Tongan paʻanga
MOP$Macanese patacaAlso 圓 and
pAlderney, British, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Manx and Saint Helena pennies The penny is now a centesimal division of the pound.
Philippine pesoAlso , PHP, and P
ptEgyptian piastreA centesimal division of the Egyptian pound. A local symbol used in handwriting and occasionally print is represented by a stylised form of "Arabic Letter Dotless Qaf" ٯ placed above the digits. Due to inflation and lack of computer support its use is dwindling.
£Alderney, British, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Manx and Saint Helena pounds

Egyptian pound (E£)

Also ₤ and L. All, except EGP, are pegged 1:1 to GBP.

EGP also abbreviated "L.E." (for French livre égyptienne), and, in Arabic, ج.م.
A local symbol used in handwriting and occasionally print is represented by a stylised dotless form of "Arabic Letter Jeem" ح placed above the digits, (visually similar to حــ ). Due to lack of computer support its use is dwindling.

LLLebanese pound
LSSyrian pound
PBotswana pula
QGuatemalan quetzal
qAlbanian qindarkëA centesimal division of the lek.
RSouth African randAlso sometimes Russian etc rubles.
R$Brazilian realThe $ is sometimes written with a double bar like a double-barred dollar sign:
Iranian rialUnicode: U+FDFC RIAL SIGN
ر.ع.Omani rial
ر.قQatari riyalLatin: QR
ر.سSaudi riyalLatin: SR. Also ﷼
ر.ي Yemeni rial
Cambodian riel
RMMalaysian ringgit
Pridnestrovie ruble
Russian rubleUnicode: U+20BD RUBLE SIGN
Rf.Maldivian rufiyaaAlso MRf., MVR and .ރ
Indian rupeePreviously ₨ or Re (before 15 July 2010). Unicode: U+20B9 INDIAN RUPEE SIGN
Mauritian,[13] Nepalese[14] (N₨/रू.), Pakistani and Sri Lankan (SLRs/රු) rupees
SReSeychellois rupee[15]Also SR
RpIndonesian rupiah
Israeli new shekel
TshTanzanian shillingAlso TSh
KshKenyan shillingAlso KSh
Sh.So.Somali shilling[16]
UShUgandan shilling
S/Peruvian sol
SDRSpecial drawing rights
, сомKyrgyzstani som: Early in 2017 the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic approved an underlined C as new currency symbol.[17]
Bangladeshi TakaAlso Tk
WS$Samoan tālāSymbol based on previous name "West Samoan tala". Also T and ST. See also $.
Kazakhstani tengeU+20B8 TENGE SIGN (may display incorrectly)
Mongolian tögrög
VTVanuatu vatu[18]
North Korean won; South Korean won
¥Japanese yen (円/圓); Chinese Renminbi yuan (元/圆)Used with one and two crossbars.
円 (en, lit. "circle") is usually used in Japan.
元 is also used in reference to the Macanese pataca and the Hong Kong and Taiwanese dollars.
Unicode: U+00A5 ¥ YEN SIGN, U+FFE5 FULLWIDTH YEN SIGN
Polish złoty

Rupee symbols

Rupee sign in other languages
LanguageSign in Unicode
TamilU+0BF9 TAMIL RUPEE SIGN (HTML ௹)
GujaratiU+0AF1 GUJARATI RUPEE SIGN (HTML ૱)
KannadaU+0CB0 KANNADA LETTER RA (HTML ರ)
SinhaleseU+0DD4 SINHALA VOWEL SIGN KETTI PAA-PILLA (HTML ු)
North IndicU+A838 NORTH INDIC RUPEE MARK (HTML ꠸)
WanchoU+1E2FF 𞋿 WANCHO NGUN SIGN (HTML 𞋿)[19]

List of historic currency symbols

Some of these symbols may not display correctly.

SymbolUses
Argentine austral
Cz$Brazilian cruzado
₢ Cr$Brazilian cruzeiro
Pfennig, a subdivision of the German Mark (1875–1923) and the German Reichsmark (1923–1948)
MEast German Deutsche Mark (east) (1948–1964)
DMWest German and united German Deutsche Mark (west)(1948–2001)
Nordic mark symbol used by Ludvig Holberg in Denmark and Norway in the 17th and 18th centuries[20]
Greek drachma
ECU (not widely used, and now historical; replaced by the euro)
ƒDutch gulden, currently used in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba
FrFranc, used in France and other countries; in France an F with double bar (₣) was proposed in 1988 but never adopted
KčsCzechoslovak koruna (1919–1993)
Lira, formerly used in Italy, San Marino and Vatican City (although not as an official symbol), and sometimes in Malta
LmMaltese lira
LsLatvian lats (1922–2013, not continuously)
LtLithuanian litas (1922–2014, not continuously)
MEast German Mark der DDR (1968–1990)
German Mark (1875–1923)
MDNEast German Mark der Deutschen Notenbank (1964–1968)
mkFinnish markka (1860–2002)
PFPhilippine peso fuerte (1852–1901)
Spanish peseta (1869–2002)
R or RDSwedish riksdaler (1777–1873)
ℛℳGerman reichsmark (1923–1948)
Portuguese escudo (cifrão)
SkSlovak koruna (1993–2008)
Spesmilo (1907  First World War) in the Esperanto movement
Livre tournois, used in medieval France
𐆚As coin used during the Roman Empire and Roman Republic
𐆖Denarius coin used in Ancient Rome from 211 BC to the 3rd century AD
𐆙Dupondius coin used during the Roman Empire and Roman Republic
𐆗Quinarius coin used in Ancient Rome from 211 BC to the 3rd century AD
𐆘Sestertius coin used in Ancient Rome from 211 BC to the 3rd century AD
£2 10s 3d, £2/10/3The United Kingdom and British Commonwealth countries, before decimalisation, used several recognised formats for amounts in pounds, shillings and pence, all for the same amount. A hyphen or ASCII hyphen-minus was often used to indicate a zero amount of pence or shillings, e.g. 3/- or £4/-/6d
I/. Peruvian inti (1985-1991)
Bengali rupee mark[21][22]
Bengali ānā, historically used to represent 1/16th of a taka/rupee[22]
Bengali gaṇḍā, historically used to represent 1/20th of an ānā (1/320th of a taka/rupee)[22]
߾Dorome sign using the N'Ko alphabet[23]
߿Taman sign using the N'Ko alphabet[23]
𞲰Indic Siyaq rupee mark[24]

See also

References

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  2. "The real. rs money" (PDF). ECB. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
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  5. Bank of Guyana. Accessed 25 Feb 2011.
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  16. Central Bank of Somalia Archived 2012-10-23 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 24 Feb 2011.
  17. 10 February 2017, Bishkek - 24.kg news agency: KGS gets own currency symbol
  18. The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu. "Current Banknotes and Coins in Circulation Archived 2018-08-02 at the Wayback Machine." Accessed 25 Feb 2011.
  19. Everson, Michael (2017-10-22). "N4787R2: Proposal to encode the Wancho script" (PDF).
  20. Evensen, Nina Marie; Anderson, Deborah (2012-07-24). "L2/12-242: Proposal for one historic currency character, MARK SIGN" (PDF).
  21. "Bengali Code Chart, Range: 0980–09FF" (PDF). The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  22. Pandey, Anshuman (2007-05-21). "L2/07-192: Proposal to Encode the Ganda Currency Mark for Bengali in the BMP of the UCS" (PDF).
  23. Everson, Michael (2015-12-19). "L2/15-338: Proposal to encode four N'Ko characters in the BMP of the UCS" (PDF).
  24. Pandey, Anshuman (2015-11-05). "L2/15-121R2: Proposal to Encode Indic Siyaq Numbers" (PDF).
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