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Private Use Area 12: Weight, currency and measurement

Characters for weight, currency and measurement are covered in several Unicode charts. The most frequent ones, such as the dollar and pound signs, are found in Basic Latin and Latin-1 Supplement, while e.g. the prime, ‘′’, (for minutes or feet) and the double prime, ‘′′’, (for seconds or inches) are found in General Punctuation (2000–206F). There is also a separate chart for monetary characters, Currency Symbols (20A0–20CF), and several signs can be found in Letter- like Symbols (2100–214F). One character, 20B0 GERMAN PENNY SIGN, has been selected from Currency symbols (p. 67 above). The present subrange contains additional Medieval characters for these categories. It is worth noting that what was originally a measure of weight, such as the pound (libra), can also be understood as a currency, since these weights, typically in a precious metal like silver, became monetary symbols in their own right. Some symbols can be analysed as modified base-line characters and placed in subrange 5. That applies to the long ‘s’ with flourish used in Medieval Nordic for abbreviations of words like ‘ser’ and ‘son’, and also as an abbreviation of ‘sælda’ (of sáld) in the Middle Norwegian measurement halfsælda, ‘4 1⁄2 pails of butter’, “hæf6”. See E8B7 LATIN SMALL LETTER LONG S WITH FLOURISH (p. 113 above). The journal Signa: Beiträge zur Signographie vol. 3 (2002), “Die Zeichen des Geldes”, has an extensive discussion of monetary symbols and contains further documentation of most of the characters listed below. In v. 5.1 of the Unicode Standard, 11 characters in this subrange have been inluded in Ancient Symbols, and have therefore been decommissioned (highlighted in yellow).

Glyph EntityNumericCodepoint ChartDescriptionVersion Andron
F2E0&romaslibr;F2E0PUA-12LATIN AS LIBRALIS SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Roman monetary unit, cf. Hans Biedermann and Inge Schwarz-Winklhofer, Das Buch der Zeichen und Symbole, Graz 1980.
F2E2&romscapxbar;F2E2PUA-12LATIN SMALL CAPITAL LETTER X WITH BARUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
F2E3&romscapybar;F2E3PUA-12LATIN SMALL CAPITAL LETTER Y WITH BARUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
F2E4&romscapdslash;F2E4PUA-12LATIN SMALL CAPITAL LETTER D WITH SLASHUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
The four characters above are Roman monetary units and are attested in Diokletians Preisedikt, ed. Siegfried Lauffer, Berlin 1971.
F2E6&dram;F2E6PUA-12PHARMACEUTICAL DRAM SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Of cinal drachme sign.
F2E7&ecu;F2E7PUA-12ECU SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Attested in Cristoph P ugbeil, Anfangsgründe der kaufmännischen Rechenkunst, Leipzig 1773.
F2E8&florloop;F2E8PUA-12FLOREN SIGN WITH LOOPUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Monetary sign for Floren, Gulden.
F2E9&grosch;F2E9PUA-12GROSCHEN SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Monetary sign for Grossus, Gros, Groschen.
F2EA&libradut;F2EAPUA-12DUTCH LIBRA SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
General Dutch sign for libra. A similar shape is also attested in a number of Medieval Nordic sources for the (skål)pund (lb.); cf. Mål og vekt (Nordisk Kultur vol. 30), Oslo–Stockholm–København 1933, p. 283.
F2EB&librafren;F2EBPUA-12FRENCH LIBRA SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
The two libra signs above are similar to 2114 L B BAR SYMBOL in Letterlike Symbols, but should not be unified with this character.
F2EC&libraital;F2ECPUA-12ITALIAN LIBRA SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Italian monetary sign for libra.
F2ED&libraflem;F2EDPUA-12FLEMISH LIBRA SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Monetary sign for the Flemish pound.
F2EE&liranuov;F2EEPUA-12LIRA NUOVA SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
F2EF&lirasterl;F2EFPUA-12LIRA STERLINA SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
The two lira signs above are attested in a printed Italian source from the 19th century.
F2F0&markold;F2F0PUA-12OLD MARK SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Monetary sign for the mark, used in several European countries. A similar shape is also attested in a number of Medieval Nordic sources for the Mark (m.); cf. Mål og vekt (Nordisk Kultur vol. 30), Oslo–Stockholm–København 1933, p. 283. There is a possible case for uni cation with 20BB NORDIC MARK SIGN in Currency Symbols, cf. p. 63 above).
F2F1&markflour;F2F1PUA-12OLD FLOURISH MARK SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
F2F2&msign;F2F2PUA-12MARKED SMALL LETTER M SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
F2F3&msignflour;F2F3PUA-12FLOURISHED SMALL LETTER M SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
F2F4&obol;F2F4PUA-12PHARMACEUTICAL OBOLUS SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
This is the Obolus sign in medicinal usage; cf. Hans Biedermann and Inge Schwarz-Winklhofer, Das Buch der Zeichen und Symbole, Graz 1980. Cf. also Adriano Capelli, Dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane, 6th ed., Milano 1979, p. 411 ‘scrupulus semis’.
F2F5&penningar;F2F5PUA-12PENNING SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Monetary unit in Medieval Nordic sources for the Penning (sg. peningr, pl. peningar); cf. Mål og vekt (Nordisk Kultur vol. 30), Oslo–Stockholm–København 1933, p. 283. Not to be uni ed with 20B0 GERMAN PENNY SIGN in Currency Symbols (p. 63).
F2F6&reichtalold;F2F6PUA-12OLD REICHSTALER SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
F2F7&schillgerm;F2F7PUA-12GERMAN SCHILLING SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Monetary unit, to be kept apart from 00DF LATIN SMALL LETTER SHARP S in Latin-1 Supplement (p. 25).
F2F8&schillgermscript;F2F8PUA-12GERMAN SCRIPT SCHILLING SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
The two characters above are separate monetary symbols and should not be unified with 00DF LATIN SMALL LETTER SHARP S in Latin-1 Supplement.
F2F9&scudi;F2F9PUA-12SCUDI SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
Attested in Adriano Capelli, Dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane, 6th ed., Milano 1979, p. 411 ‘scudi’. Should not be uni ed with 2125 OUNCE SIGN in Letterlike Symbols (p. 64). The Italian ‘soldi’ sign (attested in manuscripts from the 16th/17th centuries) should be uni ed with A778 LATIN SMALL LETTER UM in Latin Extended-D (p. 79 above).
F2FA&krone;F2FAPUA-12KRONE SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 4.0 auto
F2FB&helbing;F2FBPUA-12HELBING SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 4.0 auto
F2FD&ouncescript;F2FDPUA-12SCRIPT OUNCE SIGNUni.:
MUFI: 3.0
8: Geometrical characters
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