Exploring the World’s Currency Symbols

In today’s modern age, the world is a much smaller place than it once was. The accessibility of the internet has connected local consumers and businesses to the global market and with it, the world’s unique currencies.

As you are likely aware, virtually every nation has its own currency, and with it, an assigned “shortcode” that is used on the open market (such as currency exchanges). This abbreviated code is also often used when pricing goods both on and offline.

Although some of these are no doubt familiar to you (such as USD or GBP), others have likely been off of your radar. Whether you’re traveling to another country for work or play, you manage or operate an online site with international visitors, or you frequently purchase items or services from international websites, we have you covered.

This guide will help you better understand the currency symbols of the world, how they are used, and what is involved with the transfer or the conversion of one currency to another.

Grab your favorite beverage of choice, kick back, and let’s dive right in…

Currency Signs and Symbols of the World

Currency symbols were developed as a quick and easy shorthand method to display the relevant currency type on and offline. These symbols eliminate the need to write out the full currencies name, and rather allow you to replace the full nomenclature with either an abbreviation and/or unique symbol.

In the following example, you will note two distinct currency signs/symbols: “USD” and “$”.

One-hundred US dollars may be expressed as:

  • One-hundred Dollars
  • One-hundred USD
  • $100

Let’s take a look at one more. In the example below, we’ll examine the currency sign and symbol for the British Pound.

British Pound (also known as British Sterling or Sterling):

  • GBP
  • £

Why Are Currency Signs Important?

Currency signs and symbols provide a standardized and universally recognized way to quickly and readily identify various currencies. Because of the “exchange rate” between each currency, knowing what type of currency you will be paying in is important.

Continuing with the aforementioned example of USD vs GBP, as of the time this guide was written, $1 was only equal to 0.80 Sterling. If you happened to be from the USA, carrying USD, and ventured into a café, this becomes quite important to note. Similarly, when shopping online you may come across sites that accept payment in different currencies and knowing what you’re working with will make calculating payment and comparing prices much easier.

Should I Write the Currency Symbol Before or After the Numeric Value?

This is a common question we see, and with good reason. The answer, is that it depends. Local customs as well as the currency itself generally dictate what the proper practice is.

For example, some European currencies are properly expressed with the symbol at the end of the numeric value. A good example of this is Germany and France (i.e. 100€).

In most English-speaking countries, such as the USA or Canada, the symbol and/or abbreviation is generally always in front of the numeric value (i.e. $75 USD or CAD 125.00).

With other currencies, you might even encounter the currency symbol located where the “decimal” would normally be in your native currency (i.e. 50$00).

Ok, But How do I Type a Currency Symbol in Microsoft Word?

You find yourself frequently needing to insert various currency symbols in your Word docs? If so you have likely experienced a frustration that many of us have also endured.

The good news is that accomplishing the insertion of currency symbols into Word isn’t all that difficult once you know how to do it.

How to Insert Currency Symbols in Word

OPTION ONE

The first (and potentially most efficient) way of inserting various currency symbols in Word is to utilize a currency shortcut sheet such as: https://www.webnots.com/alt-code-shortcuts-for-currency-symbols/

OPTION TWO (step by step)

  1. Open the document you’re interested in working on
  2. In the main menu at the top of the document, click on “Insert”
  3. At the far right of this new menu, you will see “Symbol”
  4. Clicking on “Symbol” will present you with a handful of common currency symbols. If your desired symbol is displayed, clicking on it will insert it into the document.
  5. If your symbol is not displayed, click on “more symbols” at the bottom of the “Symbol menu”
  6. Doing so will bring up a larger dialog box from which you’ll be presented with a wide range of other symbols
  7. Find the one you want, click on it, and you’re off to the races

PRO TIP: When you choose the correct symbol, Word will inform you of what it’s respective keyboard shortcut is so you can take note and expedite this process in the future.

What About Adding a Currency Symbol in Microsoft Excel?

If you’re working with numbers and currency, chances are you may need to input these values into an Excel spreadsheet. But similar to Word, finding where to do this isn’t always very apparent.

With Excel, you have two options.

OPTION ONE

Utilize the same steps as in the instructions for Word above, but this time in Excel.

OPTION TWO

Format the “cell” in Excel. By doing so, any number value you type into that cell will automatically be attributed to the proper currency symbol selected.

Steps to Format a Cell

  1. Open the Excel sheet you are working on
  2. Click on the cell you wish to format
  3. Right click
  4. In the menu that appears, select “format cells”
  5. From the dialogue boxes drop-down, select “Currency”
  6. Locate the desired currency symbol
  7. Click “Ok”

That’s it! From there simply type in any numeric value and hit return. Doing so will convert that number to the proper currency format (symbol and all).

List of Currency Symbols in North America

Country Currency Currency Code Currency Symbol Hex Currency Code Unicode Charaters HTML Currency Symbol HTML Entity CSS Code
United States US Dollar USD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Canada Canadian Dollar CAD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Mexico Mexican Peso MXN $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Aruba Aruban Florin AWG ƒ
Barbados Barbadian Dollar BBD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Bermuda Bermudian Dollar BMD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Bahamas Bahamian Dollar BSD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Dominican Republic Dominican Peso DOP $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Jamaica Jamaican Dollar JMD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Guatemala Guatemalan Quetzal GTQ Q
Panama Panamanian Balboa PAB B/.
Dominica East Caribbean Dollar XCD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024

List of Currency Symbols in Europe

Country Currency Currency Code Currency Symbol Hex Currency Code Unicode Charaters HTML Currency Symbol HTML Entity CSS Code
European Union Euro EUR U+020AC \20AC
United Kingdom Pounds Sterling GBP £ £ U+000A3 £ £ \00A3
Georgia Georgian Lari GEL U+20BE \20BE
Bulgaria Bulgarian Lev BGN лв
Switzerland Swiss Franc CHF CHF CHF
Denmark Danish Krone DKK kr. kr
Czech Republic Czech Koruna CZK
Croatia Croatian Kuna HRK kn kn
Hungary Hungarian Forint HUF ft Ft
Norway Norwegian Krone NOK kr kr
Russia Russian Rouble RUB U+020BD \20BD
Poland Polish Zloty PLN
Romania Romanian Leu RON lei lei
Sweden Swedish Krona SEK kr kr
Ukraine Ukraine Hryvnia UAH U+020B4 \20B4
Turkey Turkish Lira TRY U+020BA \20BA

List of Currency Symbols in South America

Country Currency Currency Code Currency Symbol Hex Currency Code Unicode Charaters HTML Currency Symbol HTML Entity CSS Code
Argentina Argentine Peso ARS $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Bolivia Bolivian Boliviano BOB Bs.
Brazil Brazilian Real BRL R$ R$
Chile Chilean Peso CLP $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Colombia Colombian Peso COP $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Peru Peruvian Sol PEN S/. S/.
Paraguay Paraguayan Guaraní PYG
Uruguay Uruguayan Peso UYU $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Venezuela Venezuelan Bolívar VES Bs.

List of Currency Symbols in Asia

Country Currency Currency Code Currency Symbol Hex Currency Code Unicode Charaters HTML Currency Symbol HTML Entity CSS Code
Japan Japanese Yen JPY ¥ ¥ U+000A5 ¥ ¥ \00A5
Bangladesh Bangladeshi Taka BDT U+009F3 \09F3
China Chinese Yuan CNY ¥ ¥ U+000A5 ¥ ¥ \00A5
Hong Kong Hong Kong Dollar HKD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
India Indian Rupee INR U+020B9 \20B9
Cambodia Cambodian Riel KHR U+017DB \17DB
Laos Lao Kip LAK U+020AD \20AD
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Rupee LKR රු
Maldives Maldivian Rufiyaa MVR
Malaysia Malaysian Ringgit MYR RM RM
Nepal Nepalese Rupee NPR रू
Philippines Philippine Peso PHP U+020B1 \20B1
Pakistan Pakistani Rupee PKR U+020A8 \20A8
Singapore Singapore Dollar SGD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Thailand Thai Baht THB ฿ ฿ U+00E3F ฿ \0E3F
Taiwan Taiwanese Dollar TWD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Vietnam Vietnamese Dong VND U+020AB \20AB

List of Currency Symbols in Oceania

Country Currency Currency Code Currency Symbol Hex Currency Code Unicode Charaters HTML Currency Symbol HTML Entity CSS Code
Australia Australian Dollar AUD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Fiji Fijian Dollar FJD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
New Zealand New Zealand Dollar NZD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Wallis and Futuna CFP Franc XPF F U+020A3 \20A3

List of Currency Symbols in Africa

Country Currency Currency Code Currency Symbol Hex Currency Code Unicode Charaters HTML Currency Symbol HTML Entity CSS Code
Egypt Egyptian Pound EGP £ U+0FFE1 \FFE1
Ghana Ghana Cedi GHS U+020B5 \20B5
Gambia Gambian Dalasi GMD D
Kenya Kenyan Shilling KES Sh
Morocco Moroccan Dirham MAD DH .د.م
Madagascar Malagasy Ariary MGA Ar
Mauritius Mauritian Rupee MUR U+020A8 \20A8
Namibia Namibian Dollar NAD $ $ U+00024 $ $ \0024
Nigeria Nigerian Naira NGN U+020A6 \20A6
Seychelles Seychellois Rupee SCR U+020A8 \20A8
Tunisia Tunisian Dinar TND DT DT
Uganda Ugandan Shilling UGX Sh
Cameroon Central African Franc XAF Fr
Burkina Faso West African Franc XOF Fr
Ethiopia South African Rand ZAR Br

List of Currency Symbols in Middle East

Country Currency Currency Code Currency Symbol Hex Currency Code Unicode Charaters HTML Currency Symbol HTML Entity CSS Code
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Dirham AED د.إ
Israel Israeli Sheqel ILS U+020AA \20AA
Syria Syrian Pound SYP £ £ U+000A3 £ £ \00A3
Jordan Jordanian Dinar JOD د.ا
Kuwait Kuwaiti Dinar KWD د.ك
Lebanon Lebanese Pound LBP ل.ل
Oman Omani Rial OMR ر.ع.
Qatar Qatari Riyal QAR ر.ق
Saudi Arabia Saudi Riyal SAR

List of Cryptocurrencies

Currency Currency Code Currency Symbol Hex Currency Code Unicode Charaters HTML Currency Symbol CSS Code
Bitcoin BTC U+20BF \20BF
Ethereum ETH Ξ Ξ U+039E Ξ
Litecoin LTC Ł Ł U+0141 Ł
Ripples XRP XRP

Put Your Newfound Knowledge to Work

Understanding what currency symbols are, how they are used, and how to utilize them in common applications such as Word and Excel is an important skill to have. Whether traveling abroad for work or pleasure, or shopping on your favorite international website, being able to identify and properly utilize currency symbols can be a real asset.