by BD Mitchell
One hundred facts that are interesting but ultimately useless.
The Dollar Sign
- currency / history / symbology -
The modern dollar sign ("$") derives from the North American peso (a.k.a. "Spanish dollar" or "piece of eight") which was often abbreviated as "Ps". Over time, the "p" and "s" were written with more and more overlap, until the dollar sign was finally recognized as a single distinct symbol.