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Shekel Sign
This is the official symbol for the shekel, the official currency of Israel.

What is the Shekel Sign?

The shekel sign, represented by ₪, is the official symbol for the shekel, the currency of Israel. The shekel is commonly referred to simply as "shekel" and is abbreviated as "ILS".

Guidelines for Using the Shekel Sign in Israel

The Shekel Sign, denoted as ₪, represents the official currency of Israel. When referring to amounts, especially in international transactions or communications, clarity is paramount. Always use the currency code "ILS" for further clarity in contexts with multiple currencies, e.g., ₪1,234.56 (ILS) vs. €1,000.23 (EUR).

  • Standard Format for Shekels: ₪1,234.56 This format is standard in Israel, 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 in Israel: comma (₪1,234.56)
  • Spacing: Standard: No space between symbol and amount (₪50)
  • Official Currency Codes: Always use "ILS" for shekel and avoid other abbreviations.

Historical Note on the Shekel

The term "shekel" originates from ancient times and was used as a unit of weight approximately equivalent to a modern-day gram. The modern shekel, known as the Israeli New Shekel (NIS), was introduced in 1985, replacing the old shekel at a rate of 1,000 old shekels to 1 new shekel.

How to Type the Shekel Sign Using Keyboard Shortcuts and Alt Codes

  • On Windows: Hold down the Alt key and type the appropriate code on the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key. (Specific code might vary by keyboard layout and language settings.)
  • On Mac: Check for specific keyboard layouts or use Character Viewer.
  • On many Linux systems: Check for specific keyboard shortcuts based on the desktop environment.
  • For HTML coding: Use the named entity &sheqel; or the numeric entity ₪.

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