Unsupported titles/Cifrão

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Translingual edit

On the reverse of a 2.50 Portuguese escudo coin from 1985
Car being sold, showing its current usage in Cape Verde

Alternative forms edit

  • $ (not official, common)

Description edit

An S-shape with two vertical lines crossing it completely.

Etymology edit

See $.

Symbol edit


  1. Alternative form of $.
  2. cifrão.
    • [1928, Florian Cajori, A History of Mathematical Notations (Two Volume in One), volume II (in English), New York, N.Y.: Cosimo Classics, published 2011, →ISBN, pages 16 (volume II, “Dollar Mark”, section “The Evolution of the Dollar Mark”) and 63 (volume I, “Hindu-Arabic Numerals”):
      The earliest high official of the United States government to use the dollar mark was Robert Morris, the great financier of the Revolution. Letters in his own handwriting, as well as those penned by his secretary, which we have seen, give the dollar mark with only one downward stroke, thus, $. [] 94. The Portuguese “cifrão.”—Allied to the distorted Spanish U is the Portuguese symbol for 1,000, called the cifrão. It looks somewhat like our modern dollar mark,  .]
    1. (historical) The symbol for the Portuguese Timor escudo.
    2. (historical) The symbol for the Portuguese escudo.
    3. The official symbol for the Cape Verdean escudo.

Usage notes edit

The symbol can be considered a stylistic variant of $ and is considered as such in Unicode. It is the official symbol for the Cape Verdean escudo, but a single bar dollar sign is frequently employed in its place even for official purposes.

It is placed as a decimal point between the escudo and centavo values (e.g., 2 50).

See also edit

Currency signs

Formerly used currency signs

Further reading edit