Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Feb 2015 22:35 UTC
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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 Đ (like the former South Vietnamese dong, 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.

Fascinating little bit of history. Us Dutch used the 'rijksdaalder' (where the suffix '-daalder' is the Dutch transliteration of the same word 'dollar' comes from) from the late 16th century all the way up until 2002, when we moved to the euro.

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RE[3]: Debateable history
by maccouch on Mon 9th Feb 2015 12:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Debateable history"
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http://www.casadamoeda.gov.br/portalCMB/menu/cmb/sobreCMB/origem-ci...

you'll have to use google translate but the way that link tells the story, it's design is related to gibraltar strait and an arabian general. An additional origin is also related to the spanish peso and the graphism of the spanish coat of arms pressed on the coins.

Not an expert on numismatic at all, and all or none of those stories may be right, i just strongly doubt the US origin of the symbol.

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