Colón (currency)

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The colón () refers to two Central American currencies:

  • the Costa Rican colón (CRC), used in Costa Rica since 1896
  • the Salvadoran colón (SVC), used in El Salvador from 1892 until 2001, when it was replaced by the American dollar


The symbol for the colón 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 with the shortcut ALT+8353.