Currency symbol

For the ¤ currency symbol, see currency sign (typography).
Not to be confused with currency code (the three-letter ISO 4217 abbreviation).
Currency symbol

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

Although many former currency symbols were rendered obsolete by the adoption of the euro, having a new and unique currency symbol  implementation of which requires the adoption of new Unicode and type formats  has now become a status symbol for international currencies. 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 it shared with neighbouring countries.[1] It finalised its new currency symbol, () on 15 July 2010. It is a blend of the Latin letter 'R' with the Devanagari letter '' (ra).


When writing currency amounts the location of the symbol varies by currency. Many currencies in the English-speaking world and Latin America, place it before the amount (e.g., R$50,00). The Cape Verdean escudo places its symbol in the decimal separator position (i.e., 20$00).[2] The usage of many European countries, such as France, Germany, Scandinavian countries, is to place the symbol after the amount 20,50€.

The decimal separator also follows local countries' standards. For instance, the United Kingdom often uses an interpunct as the decimal point on price stickers (e.g., £5·52), although not in print. Commas (e.g. €5,00) or decimal points (e.g. $50.00) are common separators used in other countries. See decimal separator for information on international standards.


Official dimensions of the euro sign
Dimensions of the symbol in a selection of type faces

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.[3] The new Indian rupee symbol, , is a stylised combination of Latin and Devanagari letters.

There are also other considerations, such as the perception of the business community and how the symbol is rendered on computers. For a new symbol to be used, software to render it needs to be promulgated and keyboards need to be altered or shortcuts added to type the icon. The EU was criticized for not considering how the euro symbol would need to be customized to work in different fonts.[1] The original design was also exceptionally wide. These two factors have led to most typefaces employing customized, font-specific versions, usually with reduced width.

List of presently-circulating currency symbols

Symbol Uses Notes
¤¤ ZzzGeneric currency sign Used when the correct symbol is not available
Afg؋ AfghaniAfghan afghani
ArAr AriaryMalagasy ariary[4]
ɃɃ BitcoinBitcoin Unicode Character (U+0243)

B฿ BahtThai baht
BZB/. BalboaPanamanian balboa
BrBr BirrEthiopian birr

Belarusian ruble
BsBs. BolivianoVenezuelan bolívar

Bolivian boliviano
Bolívar sometimes Bs.F.
BsFBs.F. BolivarVenezuelan bolívar variant Usually Bs.
C1GH₵ CediGhana cedi
c1¢ cent1cent, centavo, &c. A centesimal subdivision of currencies such as the US dollar, the Canadian dollar, and the Mexican peso. (See article.)

See also c
c2c cent2cent &c. variant Preferred by currencies such as the Australian, New Zealand, South African cents; the West African CFA centime; and the divisions of the euro.

See also ¢
chCh. chhertumBhutanese chhertum A centesimal division of the ngultrum.
C2 ColonCosta 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.
C3C$ CórdobaNicaraguan córdoba
D1D DalasiGambian dalasi
Denден DenarMacedonian denar Latin form: DEN
DAدج DinarAAlgerian dinar Latin form: DA
DB.د.ب DinarBBahraini dinar Latin form: BD
IDد.ع DinarIIraqi dinar
JDJD DinarJJordanian dinar
DKد.ك DinarKKuwaiti dinar Latin form: K.D.
LDل.د DinarLLibyan dinar Latin form: LD
Dinдин DinarSSerbian dinar Latin form: din.
DTد.ت DinarTTunisian dinar Latin form: DT
DMد.م. DirhamMMoroccan dirham Latin forms: DH or Dhs
DHد.إ DirhamUUnited Arab Emirates dirham Latin forms: DH or Dhs
DbDb DobraSão Tomé and Príncipe dobra
S1$ DollarAustralian (A$), Bahamian (B$), Barbadian (Bds$), Belizean (BZ$), Bermudian (BD$), Brunei (B$), Canadian (Can$), Cayman Islands (CI$), East Caribbean (EC$), Fiji (FJ$), Guyanese (G$),[5] Hong Kong (HK$/元/圓), Jamaican (J$), Kiribati, Liberian (L$), Linden Dollar (Second Life virtual world) (L$ or LD$), Namibian (N$), New Zealand (NZ$), Singaporean (S$), Solomon Islands (SI$), Surinamese (SRD), Taiwanese (NT$/元/圓), Trinidad and Tobago (TT$), Tuvaluan, United States (US$), and Zimbabwean (Z$) dollars

Argentine, Chilean (CLP$), Colombian (COL$), Cuban ($MN), Cuban convertible (CUC$), Dominican (RD$), Mexican (Mex$), and Uruguayan ($U) pesos
May appear with either one or two bars (), both of which currently share the same Unicode space.

Kiribati and Tuvalu's dollars are pegged 1:1 with the Australian dollar.

Brunei's dollar is pegged 1:1 with the Singaporean dollar.

See also C$ and MOP$ and R$ and T$ and WS$

Unicode: See $ for variants.
D2 DongVietnamese đồng U+20AB VIETNAMESE DONG SIGN
D3 DramArmenian dram U+058F ֏ ARMENIAN DRAM SIGN
EscEsc EscudoCape Verdean escudo Also the double-barred dollar sign (cifrão):
E EuroEuro In addition to the members of the eurozone, the Vatican, San Marino, and Monaco have been granted issuing rights for coinage but not banknotes.
Fƒ FlorinAruban florin (Afl.)[6]

Netherlands Antillean guilder (NAƒ)
FtFt ForintHungarian forint
FBuFBu Franc BBurundian franc
FCFAFCFA Franc CaCentral African CFA franc Pegged 1:1 with West African CFA franc
CFACFA Franc WaWest African CFA franc Pegged 1:1 with Central African CFA franc
FrFr Franc CoComorian (CF), Congolese (CF, FC), Djiboutian (Fdj/DF), Guinean (FG/GFr) and Swiss (SFr) francs Also F. The character ₣, representing an F with a double bar, proposed as a symbol for the French Franc by Édouard Balladur in 1988 was never adopted, it is represented by a ligature Fr in some fonts.
FRwFRw Franc RRwandan franc[7] Possibly also RF[8] and RFr[9]
GG GourdeHaitian gourde
grgr groszPolish grosz A centesimal division of the złoty
G/ GuaraniParaguayan guaraní Or
hh halerCzech haléř A centesimal division of the koruna
He HryvniaUkrainian hryvnia
K- KipLao kip Or ₭N
Kc KorunaCzech koruna
Krkr KroneDanish (Dkr) and Norwegian krones

Swedish krona

Faroese and Icelandic (Íkr) króna
Faroese króna pegged 1:1 with Danish krone.
Knkn KunaCroatian kuna
MKMK Kwacha MMalawian kwacha
ZKZK Kwacha ZZambian kwacha
KzKz KwanzaAngolan kwanza
KK KyatMyanma kyat

Papua New Guinean kina
Las LariGeorgian lari Unicode: U+20BE GEORGIAN LARI SIGN (may display incorrectly)
LL LekAlbanian lek

Honduran lempira
Also used as the currency symbol for the Lesotho one-loti and the Swazi one-lilangeni note

Also uncommonly used for the pound sign £
LeLe LeoneSierra Leonean leone
Lvлв LevBulgarian lev
EE LilangeniSwazi lilangeni Symbol based on the plural form "emalangeni".

The one-lilageni note employs the currency symbol
lplp LipaCroatian lipa A centesimal division of the kuna.
TL LiraTurkish lira Unicode: U+20BA TURKISH LIRA SIGN
M1M LotiLesotho loti Symbol based on plural form "maloti".

The one-loti note employs the currency symbol
M2 ManatAzerbaijani manat Also m. and man. Unicode: U+20BC MANAT SIGN (may display incorrectly)
KMKM MarkBosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark Cyrillic form: КМ
MTMT MeticalMozambican metical[10] Also MTn
m/ millMill, mil, &.c An uncommon millesimal subdivision of US dollars and other currencies. (See article.)
NfkNfk NakfaEritrean nakfa Also Nfa[11]
N NairaNigerian naira
NuNu. NgultrumBhutanese ngultrum
UMUM OuguiyaMauritanian ouguiya[12]
PaT$ PaangaTongan paʻanga
MOPSMOP$ PatacaMacanese pataca Alsoand
P2 PesoPhilippine peso Also , PHP, and P
ptPt. piastreEgyptian piastre A centesimal division of the Egyptian pound.
L-£ Pound BBritish, Falkland Islands (FK£), Gibraltar, Manx (M£), St. Helena Alsoand L, all pegged 1:1 to GBP
GMج.م. Pound EEgyptian pound Latin: L.E. Rarely £E or
LLLL Pound LLebanese pound
LSLS Pound SSyrian pound
P1P PulaBotswana pula
QQ QuetzalGuatemalan quetzal
qq qindarkeAlbanian qindarkë A centesimal division of the lek.
R1R RandSouth African rand Also sometimes Russian &c. rubles
RSR$ RealBrazilian real The $ is sometimes informally written with a double bar like a double-barred dollar sign:
Rial Rial IIranian rial Unicode: U+FDFC RIAL SIGN
ROر.ع. Rial OOmani rial
RKر.ق Rial QQatari riyal Latin: QR
RSر.س Riyal SSaudi riyal Latin: SR. Also: ریال
Riel RielCambodian riel
RMRM RinggitMalaysian ringgit
R2p British &c. pennies The penny is now a centesimal division of the pound.
Ruble TPridnestrovie ruble
Ruble RRussian ruble Unicode: U+20BD RUBLE SIGN
RfRf. RufiyaaMaldivian rufiyaa Also MRf., MVR and
Rupee IIndian rupee Previously ₨ or Re (before 15 July 2010). Unicode: U+20B9 INDIAN RUPEE SIGN
Rs Rupee PMauritian,[13] Nepalese[14] (N₨/रू.), Pakistani and Sri Lankan (SLRs/රු) rupees
SReSRe Rupee SSeychellois rupee[15] Also SR
RpRp RupiahIndonesian rupiah
Sh ShekelIsraeli new shekel
KshKsh Shilling KKenyan shilling Also KSh
ShsoSh.So. Shilling SSomali shilling[16]
UshUSh Shilling UUgandan shilling
SS/ SolPeruvian sol
SDRSDR SpecialSpecial drawing rights
somсом somKyrgyzstani som
Tk TakaBangladeshi Taka Also Tk
WSSWS$ TalaSamoan tālā Symbol based on previous name "West Samoan tala".

T and ST.

See also $
T TengeKazakhstani tenge U+20B8 KAZAKHSTANI TENGE SIGN (may display incorrectly)
T// TogrogMongolian tögrög
VtVT VatuVanuatu vatu[17]
W WonNorth Korean won

South Korean won
Y¥ YuanJapanese yen (円/圓)

Chinese Renminbi yuan (元/圆)
Used with one and two crossbars.
円 (en, lit. "circle") is frequently used in Japan colloquially.
元 is also used in reference to the Macanese pataca and Hong Kong and Taiwanese dollars.
Zl ZlotyPolish złoty

Rupee symbols

Rupee sign in other languages
Language Sign in Unicode

List of historic currency symbols

Symbol Uses
Argentine austral symbol
₢ Cr$ Brazilian cruzeiro symbol
pfennig symbol of the German Mark (1875–1923) and the German Reichsmark (1923–1948)
DM East German Deutsche Mark (east) symbol (1948–1964)
DM West German and united German Deutsche Mark (west) symbol (1948–2001)
Greek drachma symbol
ECU symbol (not widely used, and now historical; replaced by the euro)
ƒ Dutch gulden symbol, currently used in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba
Fr franc symbol, used in France and other countries; in France an F with double bar (₣) was proposed in 1988 but never adopted
Kčs Czechoslovak koruna symbol (1919–1993)
lira symbol, formerly used in Italy, San Marino and Vatican City (although not as an official symbol), and sometimes in Malta
Lm Maltese lira symbol
Ls Latvian lats symbol (1922–2013)
Lt Lithuanian litas symbol (1922–2014)
M East German Mark der DDR symbol (1968–1990)
German Mark symbol (1875–1923)
MDN East German Mark der Deutschen Notenbank symbol (1964–1968)
mk Finnish markka symbol (1860–2002)
PF Philippine peso fuerte symbol (1852–1901)
Spanish peseta symbol (1869–2002)
R or RD Swedish riksdaler (1777–1873)
ℛℳ German reichsmark symbol (1923–1948)
Portuguese escudo symbol (cifrão)
Sk Slovak koruna (1993–2008)
Spesmilo (1907  First World War) in the Esperanto movement
Livre tournois symbol, used in medieval France
𐆖 Denarius used in Ancient Rome from 211 BC to the 3rd century AD
£2 10s 3d, £2 10/3, £2 10'3The United Kingdom and British Commonwealth countries 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 the absence of an amount e.g. 3/- or -/6

See also


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  8. University of British Columbia: Saunders School of Business. "Currencies of the World." Accessed 25 Feb 2011.
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  11. "Currency symbol finder." Accessed 24 Feb 2011.
  12. Banque Centrale de Mauritanie. Accessed 25 Feb 2011.
  13. Bank of Mauritius. Accessed 25 Feb 2011.
  14. Nepal Rastra Bank. Accessed 24 Feb 2011.
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  16. Central Bank of Somalia. Accessed 24 Feb 2011.
  17. The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu. "Current Banknotes and Coins in Circulation." Accessed 25 Feb 2011.
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