Mental Floss: Where Does the $ sign come from?

A weekly show where we endeavor to answer one of your big questions. This week, Varun Dabral: “Where does the $ sign come from?”


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“Dolar” redirects here. For the Slovenian philosopher, see Mladen Dolar. For the municipality in Spain, see Dólar. For the sign, see Dollar sign.
For other uses, see Dollar (disambiguation).

  Countries that use a dollar currency
  Countries that use the USA dollar
  Countries that formerly used a dollar currency

A United States two-dollar bill. Rarely seen in circulation, but still in production and legal tender.

Dollar (often represented by the peso and dollar sign $) is the name of several currencies, including those of Australia, Belize,Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Namibia, New Zealand, Singapore, Suriname, Taiwan, the United States, and previouslyZimbabwe. The U.S. dollar is the official currency of East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, the Caribbean Netherlands, and for banknotes, Panama. Generally, one dollar is divided into one hundred cents


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