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 Ä (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.
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.
Also interesting that they used “gulden” (means “golden”) for a coin that was made from silver. Later, in Holland, the newer gulden would also be just a name, while the material was much cheaper (even no silver).
PS: I want my Dutch gulden back. A rijksdaalder is also ok. Or bitcoin.