Currency symbols around the world

Currency symbols around the world

According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), there are almost 300 currencies circulating the world, and every world currency has its own distinct codes, set by ISO, and currency symbol. ISO is the same organisation responsible for the creation of the International; Bank Account Number (IBAN), and we have previously written about what an IBAN is and how to find it. IBAN was introduced as a simple solution to translate bank account details into a machine-readable alphanumeric format to better facilitate international money transfers. Similarly, currency codes and symbols create a unified language to connect the various currencies around the world in a universally understandable way.

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What’s the difference between a currency code and a currency symbol?

ISO publishes and maintains the “ISO 4217” code list, a list with both alphabetic and numeric codes to represent currencies around the world. It’s used to establish internationally recognized codes and reduce confusion and errors when dealing with different currencies.

Each currency has a three-letter alphabetic code and corresponding three-digit numeric code. You may see the alphabetic code when you’re comparing the exchange rates for different currencies. For example, below you’ll see EUR/GBP in a quote using CurrencyFair’s Exchange Rate Calculator for the euro against the British pound. EUR is the three-letter ISO currency code for the euro, and GBP is the code for the British pound, created by ISO based on the first letters of “Great Britain” and “pound”.

Rates accurate as of 12:30, 19 January 2022.

ISO also maintains numeric codes for currencies, but you’re less likely to run into these in your day-to-day currency needs. According to ISO, numeric currency codes are used in countries that do not use Latin scripts and for automated systems, such as the computer programmes used internally by banks and fintech companies.

A currency symbol, on the other hand, is a graphic symbol used to represent a currency's name. Different currency symbols are used for different currencies as a convenient shorthand to reference amounts of money, for example, using “€10” rather than writing out “ten euros”. A currency symbol may also be referred to as a currency sign, or less commonly as a money symbol. For some currencies, particularly emerging currencies, letters may be used in place of a graphic symbol. For example, the currency symbol for the Guatemala Quetzal is simply “Q”.

How do I use different currency symbols around the world?

When you use a currency symbol to denote an amount of money, the position of the symbol varies based on the language in which it appears. Currency symbols are generally placed either before or after the numerical digits, although in some countries they may be placed in the middle of the figure instead of a decimal point.

For example, for many English-speaking countries like England, Ireland and Australia, the currency symbol precedes the amount with no space in between. Placing the currency symbol after the amount is seen in many non-English speaking countries, preceded by a space after the amount.

In Cape Verde, the $ symbol is typically used to separate decimals; for example, 20$00 indicates 20 escudos. Its official currency is the Cape Verde escudo (CVE).

Currency symbol position in Ireland

Currency symbol position in France

Currency symbol position in Cape Verde


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In cases where the same currency symbol is used to represent multiple currencies, as in the case with the dollar symbol, the symbol may include a country prefix, such as Mex$ for Mexican peso, or US$ for U.S. dollar.

Currency symbols around the world

The following is a list of the currencies of different countries with symbols and currency codes. This isn’t a fully exhaustive list, as with the introduction of new global currencies and cryptocurrencies there are additions to be made all the time. For example, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, invented in 2008, is represented by the ​​₿ symbol.

Country and currency Currency symbol Currency code (ISO)
Afghanistan Afghani ؋ AFN
Albania Lek Lek ALL
Algeria Dinar دج DZD
Angola Kwanza Kz AOA
Argentina Peso $ ARS
Armenia Dram ֏ AMD
Aruba Guilder ƒ AWG
Australia Dollar $ AUD
Azerbaijan Manat AZN
Bahamas Dollar $ BSD
Bahrain Dinar .د.ب or BD BHD
Bangladesh Taka BDT
Barbados Dollar $ BBD
Belarus Ruble Br BYN
Belize Dollar BZ$ BZD
Bermuda Dollar $ BMD
Bhutan Ngultrum Nu. BTN
Bolivia Bolíviano $b BOB
Bosnia and Herzegovina Convertible Mark KM BAM
Botswana Pula P BWP
Brazil Real R$ BRL
Brunei Darussalam Dollar $ BND
Bulgaria Lev лв BGN
Burundi Franc FBu BIF
Cambodia Riel KHR
Canada Dollar $ CAD
Cape Verde Escudo $ as a decimal seperator or Esc CVE
Cayman Islands Dollar $ KYD
Chile Peso $ CLP
China Yuan Renminbi ¥ CNY
Colombia Peso $ COP
Communauté Financière Africaine (BCEAO) Franc CFA XOF
Communauté Financière Africaine (BEAC) CFA Franc BEAC FCFA XAF
Comorian Franc KMF KMF
Comptoirs Français du Pacifique (CFP) Franc XPF
Congo/Kinshasa Franc Franc CDF
Costa Rica Colon CRC
Croatia Kuna kn HRK
Cuba Convertible Peso CUC$ CUC
Cuba Peso CUP
Czech Republic Koruna CZK
Denmark Krone kr DKK
Djibouti Franc Fdj DJF
Dominican Republic Peso RD$ DOP
East Caribbean Dollar $ XCD
Egypt Pound £ EGP
El Salvador Colon $ SVC
Eritrea Nakfa Nfk (Latin Script) ናቕፋ (Ethiopic Script) نافكا (Arabic Script) ERN
eSwatini Lilangeni E SZL
Ethiopia Birr Br or ብር ETB
Euro Member Countries EUR
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Pound £ FKP
Fiji Dollar $ FJD
Gambia Dalasi D GMD
Georgia Lari GEL or ლ GEL
Ghana Cedi ¢ GHS
Gibraltar Pound £ GIP
Guatemala Quetzal Q GTQ
Guernsey Pound £ GGP
Guinea Franc FG GNF
Guyana Dollar $ GYD
Haiti Gourde G HTG
Honduras Lempira L HNL
Hong Kong Dollar $ HKD
Hungary Forint Ft HUF
Iceland Krona kr ISK
India Rupee INR
Indonesia Rupiah Rp IDR
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Drawing Rights XDR XDR
Iran Rial IRR
Iraq Dinar ع.د IQD
Isle of Man Pound £ IMP
Israel Shekel ILS
Jamaica Dollar J$ JMD
Japan Yen ¥ JPY
Jersey Pound £ JEP
Jordan Dinar د. JOD
Kazakhstan Tenge лв KZT
Kenya Shilling KSh KES
Korea (North) Won KPW
Korea (South) Won KRW
Kuwait Dinar KD or د.ك KWD
Kyrgyzstan Som лв KGS
Laos Kip LAK
Lebanon Pound £ LBP
Lesotho Loti L LSL
Liberia Dollar $ LRD
Libya Dinar LD or ل.د LYD
Macau Pataca MOP$ MOP
Macedonia Denar ден MKD
Madagascar Ariary Ar MGA
Malawi Kwacha MK MWK
Malaysia Ringgit RM MYR
Maldives (Maldive Islands) Rufiyaa Rf MVR
Mauritania Ouguiya UM MRU
Mauritius Rupee MUR
Mexico Peso $ MXN
Moldova Leu L MDL
Mongolia Tughrik MNT
Morocco Dirham د.إ MAD
Mozambique Metical MT MZN
Myanmar (Burma) Kyat K MMK
Namibia Dollar $ NAD
Nepal Rupee NPR
Netherlands Antilles Guilder ƒ ANG
New Zealand Dollar $ NZD
Nicaragua Cordoba C$ NIO
Nigeria Naira NGN
Norway Krone kr NOK
Oman Rial OMR
Pakistan Rupee PKR
Panama Balboa B/. PAB
Papua New Guinea Kina K PGK
Paraguay Guarani Gs PYG
Peru Sol S/. PEN
Philippines Peso PHP
Poland Zloty PLN
Qatar Riyal QAR
Romania Leu lei RON
Russia Ruble RUB
Rwanda Franc FRw, RF, R₣ RWF
Saint Helena Pound £ SHP
Samoa Tālā $ (sometimes SAT, ST or T) WST
São Tomé and Príncipe Dobra Db STN
Saudi Arabia Riyal SAR
Seborga Luigino SPL SPL
Serbia Dinar Дин. RSD
Seychelles Rupee SCR
Sierra Leone Leone lei SLL
Singapore Dollar $ SGD
Solomon Islands Dollar $ SBD
Somalia Shilling S SOS
South Africa Rand R ZAR
Sri Lanka Rupee LKR
Sudan Pound ج.س. SDG
Suriname Dollar $ SRD
Sweden Krona kr SEK
Switzerland Franc CHF CHF
Syria Pound £ SYP
Taiwan New Dollar NT$ TWD
Tajikistan Somoni ЅM TJS
Tanzania Shilling TSh TZS
Thailand Baht ฿ THB
Tonga Pa'anga T$ TOP
Trinidad and Tobago Dollar TT$ TTD
Tunisia Dinar DT or د.ت TND
Turkey Lira TRY
Turkmenistan Manat T TMT
Tuvalu Dollar $ TVD
Uganda Shilling USh UGX
Ukraine Hryvnia UAH
United Arab Emirates Dirham د.إ AED
United Kingdom Pound £ GBP
United States Dollar $ USD
Uruguay Peso $U UYU
Uzbekistan Som лв UZS
Vanuatu Vatu VT VUV
Venezuela Bolívar Bs VEF
Viet Nam Dong VND
Yemen Rial YER
Zambia Kwacha ZK ZMW
Zimbabwe Dollar Z$ ZWD

Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash. ​​This information is correct as of 20 January 2021. This information is not to be relied on in making a decision with regard to an investment. We strongly recommend that you obtain independent financial advice before making any form of investment or significant financial transaction. This article is purely for general information purposes.