From: Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Jul 12 2003 - 16:54:27 EDT
On 2003.07.08, 01:34, Philippe Verdy <email@example.com> wrote:
> With the Euro, a lot of currency units lost their symbol:
> - the Spanish Peseta symbol
> - the Pound symbol in Ireland <...>
> - the Greek Drachme symbol <...>
> - the Italian Lira symbol <...>
> - the "French Franc" symbol <...>
The symbol "$" represents the former portuguese currency "_escudo_",
PTE, used as the decimal point of a number with (usually) two fixed
decimals: 100 PTE, f.i., was/is written 100$00. Before the _escudo_,
untill 1911, the "_real_" (atyp. pl. "_reis_") was written with the
symbol "$" as the thousands separator, like this: one _real_ = $001.
This kept the writing in pace as the 1911 monetary reform created the
_escudo_ from 1000 _reis_ (which was coloquial synomin till recently).
Thus 1$000 (1000 _reis_) and 1$00 (one _escudo_) was written in a
This symbol is called in Portuguese "_cifrão_", and most people don't
really know that it is also used for other currencies abroad.
Cape Verde and East Timor also have monetary units called "_escudo_"
with more or less the same writing conventions.
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