Re: Unicode 6.2 to Support the Turkish Lira Sign

From: Szelp, A. Sz. <>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 11:00:59 +0200

Michael wrote:
> > which happens to be the one preferred for future Turkish banknotes and coins, you open up Pandora's box by forcing a need for distinction, where there is — as per status-quo — none. You have been warned :-)
> There is nothing new here.
> 2003-02-24 ₲ ₳
> 2003-10-01 ؋
> 2004-04-23 ₴ ₵
> 2008-03-06 ₷
> 2008-03-06 ₸
> 2010-02-10 ֏ (KP)
> 2010-07-19 ₹
> 2012-04-17 ₺

Of course there is. These were signs unidentifyable with existing
currency symbols. The new rupee sign is, of course, note identical
with the [Rp] sign, which is quite distinct, only the semantics being
identical. (like "€" being semantically identical to the
four-codepoint string "Euro").

Also, all of these (and also the Euro) have a clear description in
terms of constituent letters.
$: an S with a single or a double vertikal stroke
¢: a c with a vertical or slanted stroke
£: a fancy L with a horizontal stroke
₤: a fancy L with two horizontal strokes
₪: a SHIN and a HET ligated (< sheqel ḥadash 'new shekel')
€: a C with double strokes (< E)
₲: a G with a vertical stroke
₳: an A with a double crossbar
₴: A DZELO with a double crossbar (< italic minuscle GHE)
₵: A C with a vertical stroke
₷: an S with an m ligated
₸: a T with a second top bar
֏: an Armenian CAPITAL DA with a double crossbar (instead of the
simple right "twig")
₹: a stemless R crossed (< RA crossed)

Quite tellingly in the case of the EURO it is *not* the very geometric
"official" glyph of the Euro that is encoded, it is not even chosen
for the representative glyph.
So what is the proposed TURKISH LIRA SIGN, if not a "fancy L with two
horizontal strokes"?

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