Cruzeiro sign

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Cruzeiro sign

The Cruzeiro sign () is a typographical abbreviation or ligature consisting of a capital Latin letter "C" with a nested lower-case letter "r", connected in a single glyph.

This glyph occasionally replaced the "Cr" part of the currency symbol for the first Brazilian cruzeiro, created in 1942, whose official symbol was "Cr $" (two separate letters, a space, and a single-stroke dollar sign). It could also have been used for other Brazilian currencies called "cruzeiro" that were official in 1942–1986 and 1990–1993.[1]

Some typewriters[2][1] and cash registers[citation needed] produced for the Brazilian market had "₢" keys, and it was available in some typefaces.[citation needed]

Brazilian standard keyboard layout, showing the "₢" symbol as obtained by the AltGr-C key combination.

The Brazilian keyboard layout ABNT-2 specified by the ABNT standard NBR 10346[3] specifies that the "₢" symbols should be available through the combination AltGr+C. However, since it refers to discontinued currencies, it is hardly ever used, and may not work.[citation needed]

The symbol was included in the Unicode standard (name "CRUZEIRO SIGN", code point U+20A2) since its first version.

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  1. ^ a b Conselho Monetário Nacional do Brasil (1967): "Ata da 68a Sessão, realizada em 8.2.1967" (including creation of the new currency novo cruzeiro, page 2. Available at the website of the Casa da Moeda do Brasil. Accessed on 2021-08-15. Quote": "Tomou-se como abreviatura da nova moeda o símbolo NCr$, objetivando economia de despesas com as modificações dos teclados das máquinas de escrever, nacionais ou estrangeiras, em uso no Brasil, que já possuem a tecla Cr$".
  2. ^ (2020): Image of the keyboard of a Smith Corona typewriter made in the 1950s for the Brazilian market, featuring the "₢" and "$" keys near the right end of the upper row. From ad #1318087665 on the Mercado Livre website; accessed on 2021-08-15, archived
  3. ^ ABNT (1991): "NBR 10346 de 08/1991 - Tecnologia de informação - Teclados em equipamentos de processamento de dados - Conjunto alfanumérico -Padronização". Available from the ABNT website. Accessed on 2021-08-15.