The Info List - Cent (currency)

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In many national currencies, the cent, commonly represented by the cent sign (a minuscule letter "c" crossed by a diagonal stroke or a vertical line: ¢; or a simple "c") is a monetary unit that equals ​1⁄100 of the basic monetary unit. Etymologically, the word cent derives from the Latin
word "centum" meaning hundred. Cent also refers to a coin worth one cent. In the United States, the 1¢ coin is generally known by the nickname penny, alluding to the British coin and unit of that name. In Canada, the 1¢ coin is no longer produced since 2012.


1 Symbol 2 Usage 3 See also 4 References

Symbol[edit] "¢" redirects here. For the musical symbol, see cut time. A cent is commonly represented by the cent sign, a minuscule letter "c" crossed by a diagonal stroke or a vertical line: ¢; or a simple "c", depending on the currency (see below). Cent amounts from 1 cent to 99 cents can be represented as one or two digits followed by the appropriate abbreviation (2¢, 5¢, 75¢, 99¢), or as a subdivision of the base unit ($0.99). Back in the days of typewriters, the cent sign appeared as the shift of the 6 key. The cent sign has not survived the changeover from typewriters to computer keyboards (replaced positionally by the caret). There are alternative ways, however, to create the character (offset 162) in most common code pages, including Unicode
and Windows-1252:

On DOS- or Windows-based computers, hold Alt while typing 0162 or 155 on the numeric keypad.[1] For the US International keyboard: <Right Alt> <Shift> c (Windows). On Macintosh
systems, hold ⌥ Option and press 4 on the number row. On Unix/ Linux
systems with a compose key, Compose++C is a typical sequence.

The cent sign has Unicode
code point:

U+00A2 ¢ cent sign (HTML &#162; · &cent;), U+FFE0 ¢ fullwidth cent sign (HTML &#65504;).

When written in English, the cent sign (¢ or c) follows the amount (with no space between), in contrast with a larger currency symbol, which is placed before the amount. For example, 2¢ and $0.02, or 2c and €0.02. The Ghanaian cedi's symbol is ₵. Usage[edit] Examples of currencies around the world featuring centesimal (​1⁄100) units called cent, or related words from the same root such as céntimo, centésimo, centavo or sen, are:

Argentine peso
Argentine peso
(as centavo) Aruban florin Australian dollar Barbadian dollar Bahamian dollar Belize dollar Bermudian dollar Bolivian boliviano
Bolivian boliviano
(as centavo) Brazilian real
Brazilian real
(as centavo) Brunei dollar
Brunei dollar
(as sen) Canadian dollar Cayman Islands dollar Chilean peso
Chilean peso
(as centavo). Centavos officially exist and are considered in financial transactions; however, there are no current centavo-denominated coins. Cook Islands dollar
Cook Islands dollar
(cent, although one "50 tene" coin has)[clarification needed] Cuban peso
Cuban peso
(as centavo) East Caribbean dollar Eritrean nakfa Estonian kroon
Estonian kroon
(as sent) Euro – the coins bear the text "EURO CENT". Greek coins have ΛΕΠΤΟ ("lepto") on the obverse of the one-cent coin and ΛΕΠΤΑ ("lepta") on the obverse of the others. Actual usage varies depending on language. Fijian dollar Guyanese dollar Hong Kong dollar
Hong Kong dollar
(as "dimes") Indonesian rupiah
Indonesian rupiah
(as sen) Jamaican dollar Kenyan shilling Liberian dollar Malaysian ringgit
Malaysian ringgit
(as sen) Mauritian rupee Mexican peso
Mexican peso
(as centavo) Moroccan dirham
Moroccan dirham
(as santim) Namibian dollar Netherlands Antillean gulden New Zealand dollar Panamanian balboa
Panamanian balboa
(as centésimo) Peruvian nuevo sol
Peruvian nuevo sol
(as céntimo) Philippine peso
Philippine peso
(as centavo) Seychellois rupee Sierra Leonean leone Singapore dollar South African rand Sri Lankan rupee Surinamese dollar Swazi lilangeni New Taiwan dollar Tanzanian shilling Tongan paʻanga
Tongan paʻanga
(as seniti) Trinidad and Tobago dollar Ugandan shilling
Ugandan shilling
(cent discontinued in 2013) United States dollar Uruguayan peso
Uruguayan peso
(as centésimo) Zimbabwean dollar

Examples of currencies featuring centesimal (​1⁄100) units not called cent

British pound – divided into 100 pence (singular: penny) since 1971 Bulgarian lev
Bulgarian lev
(as stotinka, Bulgarian: стотинка ("hundredth") Chinese Yuan/Renminbi – divided into 100 fēn (分); in general usage, divided into 10 jiǎo (角). Croatian kuna – divided into 100 lipa Danish krone – divided into 100 øre Estonian mark – divided into 100 penni (nominative: penn) Indian rupee – divided into 100 paise Israeli new shekel – divided into 100 agorot Macao pataca – divided into 100 avos Macedonian denar – divided into 100 deni Norwegian krone – divided into 100 øre Pakistani rupee – divided into 100 paise Polish złoty – divided into 100 groszy (singular: grosz) Romanian and Moldovan leu – divided into 100 bani Russian ruble – divided into 100 kopeks Saudi Arabian Riyals;– divided into 100 halalas Serbian dinar – divided into 100 paras Swedish krona – divided into 100 öre Swiss franc – divided into 100 rappen (known as centime in French and centesimo in Italian) Thai baht – divided into 100 satang Turkish Lira – divided into 100 kuruş United Arab Emirates dirham – divided into 100 fils Ukrainian hrywnia – divided into 100 kopijkas.

Examples of currencies which do not feature centesimal (​1⁄100) units:

Czech koruna – no fractional denomination in circulation, formerly divided into 100 hellers Japanese yen – no fractional denomination in circulation, formerly divided into 100 sen and 1000 rin. South Korean Won
South Korean Won
no fractional denomination in circulation, formerly divided into 100 jeon. Icelandic króna – no fractional denomination in circulation, formerly divided into 100 eyrir. Kuwaiti dinar – divided into 1000 fils Omani rial – divided into 1000 baisa Mauritanian ouguiya – divided into 5 khoums Malagasy ariary – divided into 5 iraimbilanja

Examples of currencies which use the cent symbol for other purpose:

Costa Rican colón – The common symbol '¢' is frequently used locally to represent '₡', the proper colón designation Ghanaian cedi – The common symbol '¢' is sometimes used to represent '₵', the proper cedi designation

See also[edit]

Cent (music)


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Alt code
for more information.

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Cent derivatives

Cent Centavo Céntimo Centime Centesimo Qindarka Sent

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symbols (¤)


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