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Bridging The Gap
The dollar sign is among the worlds most potent symbols, emblematic of far more than US currency.
  Friday 31 May, 2019
The dollar sign is among the worlds most potent symbols, emblematic of far more than US currency.

Its shorthand for the American dream and all the consumerism and commodification that comes with it, signifying at once sunny aspiration, splashy greed and rampant capitalism. Its been co-opted by pop culture (think Ke$ha when she first started out, or any number of fast-fashion t-shirts) and borrowed by artists (Salvador Dali fashioned a moustache from it, Andy Warhol rendered it in acrylic and silkscreen, creating an iconic body of work that itself now sells for $$$).

Its used widely in computer coding and it provides money-mouth emoji with its dazed eyes and lolling tongue. Yet despite its polyglot ubiquity, the origins of the dollar sign remain far from clear, with competing theories touching on Bohemian coins, the Pillars of Hercules and harried merchants.

The dollars baby sibling, the all-but-worthless cent, is logically represented by a lowercase c with a line through it, but theres no D in the dollar sign. If you had to find letters lurking in its form, you might spy an S overlain with a squeezed, bend-less U providing its vertical strokes. In fact, this accounts for one of the most popular misconceptions about the signs origins: it stands for United States, right?

Thats what writer and philosopher and famed libertarian Ayn Rand believed. In a chapter in her 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, one character asks another about what the dollar sign stands for. The answer includes these lines: for achievement, for success, for ability, for man's creative powerand precisely for these reasons, it is used as a brand of infamy. It stands for the initials of the United States.

It seems that Rand was wrong, not least because until 1776, the US was known as the United Colonies of America, and there are suggestions that the dollar sign was in use before the United States was born.

The British pound sign has a history going back 1,200 years, when it was first used by the Romans as an abbreviation for libra pondo, the empires basic unit of weight. As any amateur astrologer will tell you, libra means scales in Latin, and libra pondo literally translates as a pound by weight.

In Anglo-Saxon England, the pound became a unit of currency, equivalent to surprise, surprise a pound of silver. Vast riches, in other words. But along with the Roman name, the Anglo-Saxons borrowed the sign, an ornate letter L. The crossbar came along later, indicating that its an abbreviation, and a cheque in Londons Bank of England Museum shows that the pound sign had assumed its current form by 1661, even if it took a little longer for it to become universally adopted.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190528-the-curious-origin-of-the-symbol

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