The following table shows basic information about currency symbols in Unicode. The “Key” column indicates how the symbol can be typed when using a special currency keyboard layout (for Windows; works on any QWERTY keyboard). The notation AltGr indicates that the Alt key to the right of the space bar (often with the engraving AltGr) is used to modify the effect of a letter key.
|Usage (Quotations are from the Unicode Standard)
|Used for several currencies, not only for the US dollar.
|Used for hundredth of a US dollar.
|Used for British pound.
|Used as a generic placeholder for a currency.
|Use for Japanese yen and Chinese yuan.
|ARMENIAN DRAM SIGN
|BENGALI RUPEE MARK
|BENGALI RUPEE SIGN
|Used in Bangladesh.
|BENGALI GANDA MARK
|GUJARATI RUPEE SIGN
|TAMIL RUPEE SIGN
|AltGr Shift T
|THAI CURRENCY SYMBOL BAHT
|KHMER CURRENCY SYMBOL RIEL
|Used in Cambodia.
|Was intended for ECU (European Currency Unit).
|Used in Costa Rica and El Salvador.
|Used in Brazil.
|FRENCH FRANC SIGN
|AltGr Shift L
|Was intended for lira.
|Rarely used for 1/1000 of US dollar.
|Used in Nigeria.
|“India, unofficial legacy practice.”
|Used in Korea.
|NEW SHEQEL SIGN
|Used in Israel.
|Used in Vietnam.
|Widely used in Europe.
|Used in Laos.
|Used in Mongolia.
|AltGr Shift D
|GERMAN PENNY SIGN
|AltGr Shift P
|Used in the Philippines.
|Used in Paraguay.
|Used in Ukraine.
|AltGr Shift C
|Used in Ghana.
|LIVRE TOURNOIS SIGN
|AltGr Shift S
|“Historical international currency associated with Esperanto.”
|Used in Kazakhstan.
|INDIAN RUPEE SIGN
|Official rupee currency sign for India.
|TURKISH LIRA SIGN
|Official lira currency sign for Turkey.
|NORDIC MARK SIGN
|Historical, early representation of the Mark currency used in Denmark and Norway.
|The Central Bank of Russia has announced that this sign is official.
|CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-5143 (yuán)
|CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-5713 (yuán)
|Used in Chinese for various currencies.
|NORTH INDIC RUPEE MARK
|Used in Iran.
|SMALL DOLLAR SIGN
|Small form variant of $.
|FULLWIDTH DOLLAR SIGN
|Fullwidth version of $.
|FULLWIDTH CENT SIGN
|Fullwidth version of ¢.
|FULLWIDTH POUND SIGN
|Fullwidth version of £.
|FULLWIDTH YEN SIGN
|Fullwidth version of ¥.
|FULLWIDTH WON SIGN
|Fullwidth version of ₩.
The table contains Unicode Characters in the “Symbol, Currency” category. It is larger than the Unicode block Currency Symbols, which is just an area dedicated for currency symbols. For historical and other reasons, currency symbols appear in other blocks, too.
In addition, the characters 元 U+5143 CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-5143 (yuán) and ᙑ U+5713 CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-5713 (yuán) are included for their meaning as currency symbols, even though they are not in the “Symbol, Currency” category.
The new character for the Russian ruble has been included into the PT Sans font, available also as hosted by Google. It has been added to several fonts (Arial, Calibri, Microsoft Sans Serif, Segoe UI, Tahoma, Times New Roman) in a software update to Windows.
Some other characters are sometimes called currency symbols, despite being letters that just have a currency denotation as one of their uses. For example, a symbol called “Kannada rupee mark” (ರ, U+0CBO), is Kannada letter ra, which may be used as an abbreviation of rupee.
Information about the use of currency symbols in different languages
and countries can be found on the CLDR page
By-Type Chart: Numbers:
The “currency keyboard layout” is a demonstration of a concept: a method of allowing simple and relatively natural way of entering special characters when they can be mentally associated with letter keys. Here the association is primarily based on the shape of the symbol, secondarily (especially when the symbol does not resemble any Latin letter) on the name or meaning of the symbol.
The layout may be freely used, distributed, and modified. It was created using Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC) and can easily be edited with it. The layout is also available as a .klc file.
The layout is useful if you need to type different currency symbols. For a more common case, typing just one currency symbol, it is usually more convenient to use a keyboard layout suitable for the language(s) being written and just enhance it with a key combination for the symbol (say, AltGr Y for the yen sign, or AltGr L for the Turkish lira).