£

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Pound sign.svg
£ U+00A3, £
POUND SIGN
¢
[U+00A2]
Latin-1 Supplement ¤
[U+00A4]
U+FFE1, £
FULLWIDTH POUND SIGN

[U+FFE0]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FFE2]

Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the first letter of Latin lībra (pound). The symbol is derived from the mediaeval tradition of placing a stroke over a letter or letters of a word (in this case L) to indicate an abbreviation; when letters have ascenders like L, the stroke frequently passes through that ascender. £ is thus cognate with the pound sign #, which was similarly derived from lb with a stroke through the ascenders.

Symbol[edit]

£

  1. symbol for pound sterling
  2. symbol for other currencies called pound or lira.

Derived terms[edit]

The practice of placing a stroke through the initial of the name for a currency as a symbol for that currency has been extended to other currency symbols, including several shown below.

See also[edit]

  • £sd (pounds, shillings and pence)
  • (lira)

Currency signs

  • – lari
  • – hryvnia
  • – kip
  • – Turkish lira
  • – manat
  • – mill
  • – naira
  • – Philippine peso
  • £ – pound
  • ‎ – rial or riyal
  • – riel
  • ރ – rufiyaa
  • – ruble
  • – rupee
  • – rupee
  • – Indian rupee
  • or – taka
  • – rupee (in Gujarat)
  • – new shekel
  • – tenge
  • – tugrik
  • – won
  • ¥ – yen or yuan

Formerly used currency signs

  • – austral
  • – ECU (European Currency Unit)
  • – cruzeiro
  • – drachma
  • – French franc
  • – Italian lira
  • – livre tournois
  • – mark
  • – peseta
  • – pfennig
  • – spesmilo