Won sign

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Won sign
In UnicodeU+20A9 WON SIGN
CurrencySouth Korean won
North Korean won
Old Korean won
Graphical variants

The won sign ⟨₩⟩, is a currency symbol. It represents the South Korean won, the North Korean won and, unofficially, the old Korean won.


Its appearance is "W" (the first letter of "Won") with a horizontal strike going through the center. Some fonts display the won sign with two horizontal lines, and others with only one horizontal line. Both forms are used when handwritten.


The Unicode code point is U+20A9 WON SIGN: this is valid for either appearance. Additionally, there is a full width character at U+FFE6 FULLWIDTH WON SIGN (in the block halfwidth and fullwidth forms).

Microsoft Windows[edit]

In Microsoft Windows code page 949, the position 0x5C (backslash) is also used for the won sign.[1]

In Korean versions of Windows, many fonts (including system fonts) display the backslash character as the won sign. This also applies to the directory separator character (for example, C:₩Program Files₩) and the escape character(₩n). Most Korean keyboards input 0x5C when the won sign key is pressed,[dubious ] so the Unicode letters are rarely used.[clarification needed]

The same issue (of dual use of a code point) occurs with the yen sign in Japanese versions of Windows.


In macOS, the won sign key inputs U+20A9 WON SIGN only when in Hangul input mode.

Fictional use[edit]

In fiction, it is used for the woolong, a fictional currency in anime by Shinichirō Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy and Carole & Tuesday), and for "Kinzcash", the currency of the online game Webkinz.


  1. ^ "When is a backslash not a backslash?". archives.miloush.net.

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