Interesting backstories to currency names/symbols? via /r/numismatics


Interesting backstories to currency names/symbols?

Just thought this would be interesting. So, I know in pictograph written languages (like Chinese) it's straightforward: the symbol comes from the symbol used for that word (in Chinese, according to Wikipedia, the yuan symbol means round, as in the round coins used during the Qing dynasty as currency). But what about the dollar? What's the significance of the line through it?

Submitted July 06, 2016 at 11:53AM by jackjjflanagan
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