Why Is The Dollar Sign A Letter S?

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Why Is The Dollar Sign A Letter S?

Why Is The Dollar Sign A Letter S? The letter S appears nowhere in the word “dollar”, yet an S with a line through it ($) is unmistakably the dollar sign. But why an S? Why isn’t the dollar sign something like a ? (like the former South Vietnamese ??ng, or the totally-not-a-joke-currency Dogecoin)? There’s a good story behind it, but here’s a big hint: the dollar sign isn’t a dollar sign. It’s a peso sign.Bohemian Rhapsody Though the dollar and peso symbols are inextricably linked, the origin of the word “dollar” is rooted in elsewhere. Its story begins in 1500s Bohemia, a central European kingdom spanning most of today’s Czech Republic. Central Europe had just become rich with silver. After centuries of sending its silver (and gold)…Read More


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