Dollar Sign

The dollar sign that we all know and see every day may actually have Spanish origins, relating to the peso. An abbreviation for one peso that was used centuries ago was "p" and the plural version of pesos could be abbreviated as "ps". Over time, the "p" and "s" became merged together and the curve of the "p" began to be left out. This resulted in the "$" we know today with a single strike through it. One idea for how the dollar sign with two strikes through it came to be is from the over-lapping of "U" and "S". This monogram could have been from the acronym US for United States or for Unit of Silver, a Spanish form of currency. The bottom of the U was eventually left out or blended in with the bottom curve of the "S". 

Evolution of the dollar sign! Photo courtesy of wikipedia.com.

Evolution of the dollar sign! Photo courtesy of wikipedia.com.

ACTIVITY

Make a Piggy Bank

Help your kids make their own piggy bank so you can discuss the importance of saving money. Every little bit helps! Grab a jar or container that would be good for holding money and any crafting materials that your child may want to use so they can draw, color, cut out or make their own dollar signs. Help them craft their creative money emblem, to their satisfaction, and then attach it to the container with some tape. Give them a couple coins and a dollar bill so they can make their very first deposit! Remind them that they can put money they earn from their chores in their piggy bank too so when they want to buy a new toy (or a Mother's or Father's Day present), they can grab some money from their savings!

While your child is making their dollar signs, you can educate them on the history of how the dollar sign came to be. You can have them start with the "ps" and/or the"US", have them overlap the sets of letters, and end with the single-strike and double-strike dollar signs that we use today! 

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