Yen and Yuan Sign

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Yen and Yuan Sign
This is the symbol used to represent both the Japanese Yen and the Chinese Yuan Renminbi.
Fullwidth Yen Sign
This is a wider version of the yen sign, often used in East Asian typography settings.

What are the Yen and Yuan Signs?

The symbol "¥" represents both the Japanese Yen and the Chinese Yuan Renminbi. The yen is the official currency of Japan, while the yuan is the primary currency unit of the People's Republic of China.

History and Origins

The yen sign is derived from the kanji character "円" which means round, a reference to the round coins used historically in many cultures. The yuan sign similarly has origins in the Chinese word "圆", which also means round.

Guidelines for Using the Yen and Yuan Sign

  • Symbol Placement:
    • Standard (Widely used): ¥50
    • Some East Asian settings might place it after: 50¥
  • Decimal Separator:
    • Standard (for Yen): No decimals are used as the yen does not have a smaller unit.
    • China: period as decimal for Yuan (¥1.99)
  • Thousands Separator:
    • Japan: Comma (¥1,234)
    • China: Comma (¥1,234.56)
  • Usage Clarification: Always clarify if you're referring to yen or yuan, especially in contexts where the difference is crucial.
  • ISO Currency Codes: Always use "JPY" for the yen and "CNY" for the yuan in international contexts to avoid ambiguity.

Comparison of Yen and Yuan

Both the Chinese Yuan (often referred to as the Renminbi or RMB) and the Japanese Yen utilize the symbol '¥'. This can sometimes lead to confusion in international transactions. Here's a quick guide to differentiate between the two:

Currency Code Name Country Symbol Native Character
CNY* Chinese Yuan (Renminbi) China ¥ 圆 (块)
JPY Japanese Yen Japan ¥

*CNY is the official ISO currency code for the Chinese Yuan and is preferred for international transactions. The term "Renminbi" (RMB) is often used to refer to the currency domestically within China.

How to Type the Yen and Yuan Sign Using Keyboard Shortcuts and Alt Codes

  • On Windows: Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and type 0165 on the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key.
  • On Mac: Press Option + Y.
  • On many Linux systems: Press Ctrl + Shift + u, then type 00a5 and press Enter.
  • For HTML coding: Use the named entity ¥ or the numeric entity ¥.

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