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I need a generic symbol to use for a currency icon. The US Dollar and the Euro symbol seem to be pretty equal competitors, but I know this can be a touchy concept and the selection of either could offend some. I also know there is a typographic symbol for currency, but almost no one recognizes this. Any ideas?

Generic Currency symbol:


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Currency_(typography)

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In some contexts you could use a coin icon. –  CodesInChaos Aug 16 '13 at 8:18

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Definitely do not use the "currency symbol" that you linked. As you said, people are not going to recognize it.

The best solution would be to add localization to your site/product/service.

Other than that, I think it's opinion. Mine is: $ trumps € anywhere else but in Europe, and even in Europe, I don't think it matters that much, I've never heard anybody here complain about this.

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If localization isn't a possibility, it's probably best to view the question through the context of your likely users. If your app targets a geographical region it's a no-brainer to use the local currency symbol.

If you have to keep it general, I'd go with the $ symbol. US dollars are the most-traded and likely most recognizable currency. You also get the benefit of recognition from the 30+ other countries that use the $ symbol (including Australia, Canada, and Suriname).

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I forgot about the fact that the $ symbol is not based on a single currency, thanks. –  rdellara Aug 16 '13 at 0:54

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