The cifrão (Portuguese pronunciation: [siˈfɾɐ̃w̃] (
|In Unicode||Not in Unicode|
|Currency||Cape Verdean escudo, Portuguese escudo (pre-euro)|
|See also||Dollar sign|
It was formerly used by the Portuguese escudo (ISO: PTE) before its replacement by the euro and by the Portuguese Timor escudo (ISO: TPE) before its replacement by the Indonesian rupiah and the US dollar. In Portuguese and Cape Verdean usage, the cifrão is placed as a decimal point between the escudo and centavo values (e.g., 2$50). The name originates in the Arabic cifr.
Support for the symbol varies. As of 2010, the Unicode standard considers the distinction between one- and two-bar dollar signs a stylistic distinction between fonts, and has no separate value for the cifrão. macOS supplies the following fonts containing distinct cifrão signs: regular-weight Baskerville, Big Caslon, Bodoni MT, Brush Script MT, Garamond, STFangsong, STKaiti, and STSong ($). It can also be input by typing lowercase
j in Bookshelf Symbol 7. In LaTeX, with the textcomp package installed, the cifrão () can be input using the command
Because of the current difficulty supporting the character, $ is frequently employed in its place even for official purposes.
In Mexico, Colombia, and Chile, it was used for dollars, to distinguish from local currency which used the peso sign. However, the present convention in these countries is to use the peso symbol for dollars and specify USD (United States dollars) after the currency.
- RKM code (a similar scheme)