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Aside from the localisation issues, ¤, $, £ etc. are symbols of currency, not money. Since the stated goal is to create an icon depicting an invoice, how about simply using a basic calculation, for example: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups or simply download bmml source


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Historically, this question has been debated for quite a long time. There is a "Generic Currency Symbol," which looks like "¤" which has been used since at least 1985, where it was included in ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1). In theory, that is the symbol you want. However, I have never seen it used outside of reading about the code pages themselves, so that just ...


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I'm from a country that is not using dollars as a currency. Creating an app depicting money using $$$ symbols would be silly. I mean if you are 10 years old, making an app for friends, then go for it. But if you are a professional and don't want other people laughing at it simply forget about it. Depicting money as green bills or gold coins would be OK, ...


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Surely the best symbol for currency that will be universally understood would be a note and coin as every currency uses both paper notes and coins most currencies use banknotes and coins. Given this is a simple symbol for "currency", agnostic to culture, the great majority wouldn't have heard of cryptocurrencies, and may have once heard of Bitcoin so they ...


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The answer is simply of course, absolutely not and it's surprising there is so much humming-and-hawing about it here. It's an extremely US-centric idea, it's "just silly" if you will. Indeed the dollar symbol is often used in say political cartoons, financial cartoons, very much as a symbol of the US broadly. If (for some reason) you wanted to use one ...


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Lots of people have given good reasons. I don't think you'll get many Russians growing too irate at the $ sign but it is an interesting thought. Another possible problem with the $ sign is it could lead people to thinking costs are in dollars. Which dollars is this? It needs to be clearly said or else you could get a particularly ignorant Australian not ...


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Context matters a lot here. Like others mentioned, localization and your primary userbase should inform you whether to use $, €, £ or ¥ as 'standard' symbol. It might also be possible to do a location-check (via GPS, or IP) and display whichever icon is most appropriate. If you don't know your userbase's location or currency, you could choose to go with ¤, ...


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Quite frankly if it costs 4 american dollars it should say USD For canadian dollars CAD And for new israeli shekels NIS that way everyone knows the price in their currency,you can add a selection dropdown and or automatically detect the user's countries currency.


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The '$' symbol may be recognised by everyone, but if you want to avoid any emotive patriotism, how about a gold coin?


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It may very well be universally understood but I would be concerned (or at least keep in mind) the user's reaction to this symbol. Would a Russian (a patriotic Russian) be happy to see money be symbolized by the US dollar? Is there any chance that he may think poorly of your site / app for using the dollar sign? I don't know your customer base but at first ...


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The semiologic point of view: An x mark (also known as a cross, x, ex, exmark or into mark1) is a mark (x, ×, X, ✕, ☓, ✖, ✗, ✘, etc.) used to indicate the concept of negation (for example "no, this has not been verified" or "no, I don't agree") as well as affirmation (for example in election ballot papers or in x marks the spot). It is often ...



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