The dollar sign is a symbol consisting of a capital "S" crossed with one or two vertical strokes ($ or ), used to indicate the unit of various currencies around the world — including most currencies denominated "peso" and "dollar". The sign is also used as an element of several compound currency symbols, such as the Brazilian real (R$) and the Nicaraguan córdoba (C$).
|Other names||peso sign|
|In Unicode||U+0024 $ DOLLAR SIGN (HTML |
|Currency||many (see dollar, peso)|
The one- and two-stroke version are often considered mere stylistic (font) variants, although in some places and epochs one of them may have been specifically assigned, by law or custom, to a specific currency. The Unicode computer encoding standard defines a single code for both.
In most English-speaking countries that use that symbol, it is placed to the left of the amount specified, e.g. "$1", read as "one dollar".