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Peso Symbol
This is the official symbol for the Philippine peso, the official currency of the Philippines.

What is the Peso Symbol?

The peso symbol, represented by ₱, is the official symbol for the Philippine peso. The term "peso" originates from Spanish, meaning "weight". While several countries use the term "peso" for their currency, only the Philippines uses this specific symbol.

Guidelines for Using the Peso Symbol

The Peso Symbol, denoted as ₱, represents the official currency of the Philippines. When referring to amounts, especially in international transactions, clarity is paramount. Always use the currency code for added clarity, e.g., ₱1,234.56 (PHP) for the Philippine peso.

  • Standard Format for Peso: ₱1,234.56 This format is standard, with the currency symbol preceding the amount, a period as the decimal separator, and commas for thousands separators.
  • Symbol Placement: Standard: ₱50
  • Decimal Separator: Standard: period as decimal (₱4.99)
  • Thousands Separator: Standard: comma (₱1,234.56)
  • Spacing: Standard: No space between symbol and amount (₱50)
  • Official Currency Codes: Use "PHP" for the Philippine peso and "MXN" for the Mexican peso, avoiding other abbreviations.

Countries Using the Peso

While the term "peso" is used as the official currency name in several countries, only the Philippines uses the ₱ symbol. Here's a list of countries that use the peso, with their respective symbols and codes:

  • Philippines (Philippine Peso, PHP)
  • Mexico (Mexican Peso, MXN)
  • Argentina (Argentine Peso, ARS)
  • Chile (Chilean Peso, CLP)
  • Colombia (Colombian Peso, COP)
  • Cuba (Cuban Peso, CUP and Cuban Convertible Peso, CUC)
  • Dominican Republic (Dominican Peso, DOP)
  • Uruguay (Uruguayan Peso, UYU)

It's essential to note that each country's peso can have different values and should not be confused. Always ensure you are referencing the correct country's peso in financial transactions.

Historical Note on the Peso

The peso has roots in the Spanish dollar, which was widely used in many countries in the Americas and Southeast Asia during the Spanish Empire era. Over time, many countries replaced the peso with other currencies, but it remains the official currency in several nations, each with its own distinct version.

How to Type the Peso Symbol Using Keyboard Shortcuts and Alt Codes

  • On Windows for the Philippine Peso: Most keyboards do not have a direct shortcut. However, you can copy the symbol from character maps or use HTML encoding.
  • On Mac: No standard keyboard shortcut, but the symbol can be inserted using the Character Viewer or copied from online sources.
  • On many Linux systems: Depending on the distribution and configuration, you may be able to use Ctrl + Shift + u, then type the Unicode and press Enter.
  • For HTML coding: Use the numeric entity ₱ for the Philippine peso.

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