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This sign is a very interesting one. I do not know where it originated in. And why do we use it? How does $ sign relate to dollar?

Does it mean money? Sometimes I've seen it with double lines striking through it.

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It is an interesting question but wikipedia has it covered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_sign –  TheMathemagician May 2 '13 at 14:39
The Wikipedia response is very tentative. If the question can be "definitely and permanently answered by a single link," I don't know what it is. –  gmcgath May 2 '13 at 18:34
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closed as general reference by Andrew Leach, choster, tchrist, TimLymington, Mitch May 2 '13 at 17:22

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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Per Wikipedia, the leading hypothesis is that the "U" & the "S" were written overtop of each other, and eventually the two bars of the "U" were collapsed into one.

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