Colón (currency)

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This article is about Colón. For the cent symbol (¢), see Cent (currency)#Symbol.

The colón () is the currency of two Central American nations:

The Salvadoran colón is divided into 100 centavos; the Costa Rican colón is divided into 100 céntimos.

In Spanish, the plural form is colones, but it is frequently rendered in English as colons (pronounced like colognes).


Both Costa Rica and El Salvador use the same symbol for the colón: . It is written as a capital letter C crossed by two diagonal strokes. In Unicode, it is at code point U+20A1 colon sign (HTML: ₡) and may be typed on many English language Microsoft Windows keyboards using the keystrokes ALT+8353.