Re: Traditional dollar sign

From: Kevin Brown (
Date: Sun Oct 26 2003 - 18:13:48 CST

On 27/10/03 3:13 AM, Simon Butcher <> wrote:

>I was taught at school that the double-bar form was used when Australia
>switched to decimal currency in 1966, and that it was incorrect to write
>the single-bar form when referring to Australian dollars. I guess the
>single-bar form had taken over due to the lack of support from type-faces
>and computing devices, although it's still quite common to see it in
>Australian publications, especially in large fonts (headlines,
>advertising, etc).

I was also taught in an Australian school (Queensland) at the time of our
decimal currency chageover, but my experience is exactly the opposite of
Simon's. We were taught to use the single bar form to distinguish the
Australian dollar from the U.S. dollar.


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