Re: Upcoming proposal for Bitcoin sign

From: Richard Wordingham <>
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2015 22:43:01 +0100

On Mon, 7 Sep 2015 09:26:59 -0700
Ken Shirriff <> wrote:

> The bitcoin sign is unrelated to the baht in origin. The bitcoin sign
> was first used in an icon replacing
> <>
> the software's "BC" logo with the bitcoin sign logo, showing the
> roots of the bitcoin sign are the letter B. There's no historical
> connection to the baht, unlike the multiple uses of $ which are
> historically related.

The bitcoin sign and the baht sign are very closely related. Both are
a combination of 'B' and the vertical strokes of the dollar symbol.
Indeed, if you look at the first picture at ,
you can see a plain 'B' on the left and in the middle what looks like a
B with two strokes below. A lot of handwritten baht signs end with a
rightward flourish from the centre. It would seem that the preferred
visible currency sign in Thailand is actually the two-character string
".-"! In a lot of cases, there's either no indicator of currency, or
the word is written out in full.

Perhaps a saving argument is the two forms of the pound sign - U+00A3
POUND SIGN and U+20A4 LIRA SIGN. Proper blue five pound notes had the
two-barred form U+20A4 (which is how I learnt to write the pound
sign); as the notes became greener, their lesser value was indicated by
the use of the one-barred form U+00A3. The code chart notes that the
preferred form for the lira is POUND SIGN, and I can tell you that my
preferred form for the pound sterling is the so-called LIRA SIGN.

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