# Cifrão: Wikis

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# Encyclopedia

Cifrão on the reverse of a 2.50 Portuguese escudo coin

Cifrão[p] is the symbol of the former Portuguese currency (Escudo ISO 4217 PTE), Cape Verdean escudo and Portuguese Timor escudo, that was in use until 1976 (TPE).[1] It is still used in Brazil for the Brazilian Real. Its symbol is similar to the dollar sign ("\$"), but it is always written with two vertical lines, $\mathrm{S}\!\!\!\Vert$. In the Unicode-standard, there is no difference between these two symbols, i.e. in a particular fontset, a symbol with one or two lines can be used. It is placed as a decimal point between escudo and centavos, e.g. $2\mathrm{S}\!\!\!\Vert50$ (as on the coin on the illustration right nearby).

On Mac OS X the following fonts, supplied with the system, contain cifrão signs rather than the single-stroke dollar symbol:

• Baskerville (only the regular weight, not bold or semibold)
• Big Caslon, Bodoni MT, Brush Script MT
• Garamond, STFangsong, STKaiti and STSong.

Support for the symbol on other platforms varies.

In LaTeX, the cifrão symbol ($\mathrm{S}\!\!\!\Vert$) can be input using the command \textdollaroldstyle. The textcomp package must be installed.

## References

[p] - The word "cifrão" is pronounced as "see-fruhn-oh".

1. ^ "Portuguese Escudo - Lisbon Former Currency" (use of cifrão), Lisbon-tourist-guide.com, 2008, webpage: [1].