Re: Where to Add new Currency Sign?

From: Mark E. Davis (
Date: Tue Dec 21 1999 - 10:12:31 EST

No, there is a misunderstanding. You can only use Unicode code points for the
characters that they represent. U+00A4 represents the universal currency
symbol, which looks like a circle with 4 spokes radiating out. It does *not*
represent the Iranian Rial. If you want special-purpose code values for
representing undefined entities, you must use values in the private use zone,
such as U+E000..U+E001.

If there is a real currency symbol for a country (one that is not simply a
sequence of other characters), then that symbol can be proposed to the Unicode
Consortium for encoding, as outlined on

As for assigning a Unicode value for each country, as Marco said:

> There is no 1-to-1 mapping between countries and characters for currency
> symbols, so it would be useless and insufficient to allocate a code-point
> for each country.


"N.R.Liwal" wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Roozbeh Pournader <>
> > character string "REH FARSI-YEH ALEF LAM" is better than inventing a new
> > symbol. Also you may try to use the general currency sign U+00A4.
> Ok. Let us use U+00A4 for Iranian Rial.
> Ther Afghanistan and Pakistan should use another code?
> What I recommend that Unicode assigne a Code Point in Currency
> Symbol eara to each country and that will be upto that country
> weather use it or not:
> Some might put letters in it and others symbols.

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