$ - It's ubiquitous and instantly recognizable as the symbol for a dollar, usually associated with American currency. In light of India's recent approval of a new symbol for the rupee, Slate posted a short piece on where currency symbols come from. Pretty interesting stuff.
Coolest data points I found:
- The US dollar likely comes from an abbreviation of Spanish pesos
- The Israeli New Shekel symbol crosses the first letter of each word in Hebrew (shekel chadash or ₪)
- The British pound comes from the Latin for scales, or Libra
Check out the Slate article HERE.