Dollar sign facts for kids
The dollar or peso sign ($) is a symbol that is for either the peso or dollar. These are types of money around the world. Sometimes it is an S with one line through it. Sometimes it is an S with two lines through it. When there are two lines it is called a cifrão. There are many stories about why this symbol is used to mean money.
Images for kids
Spanish silver real or peso of 1768 - the right-hand pillar clearly resembles the dollar sign.
Silver 8 real coin of Philip V of Spain, 1739 - This earlier example pre-dates other explanations by at least 30 years.
The Pillars of Hercules with a small "S" shaped ribbon around in the City of Seville, Spain (16th century).
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