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Question: Which symbol do you like best?
฿ - 197 (41.9%)
- 35 (7.4%)
- 68 (14.5%)
Ƀ - 96 (20.4%)
¤ - 1 (0.2%)
None of the above - 73 (15.5%)
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February 20, 2011, 08:39:11 PM
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Ok, kinda like this:




+1 This is the one i like the best so far! Very creative. Smiley

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February 20, 2011, 11:19:33 PM
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Here is my one: http://hosting11.imagecross.com/image-hosting-61/5032unicode1.png



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February 21, 2011, 12:05:31 AM
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At first i thought you had took some regular symbol and did some sort of inside out  logarithmic transformation in a graphics program, but then i got it! Tongue

It's an interesting idea, but i think that one works better as a logo than as a symbol, it doesn't look like it would be easy to handwrite, and the details at the top would probably be missed when rendered in smaller sizes...

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February 21, 2011, 12:16:01 AM
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OK I have made a much better one  Grin  This one is simple, looks like a currency symbol, easy to write, easy to see at small sizes.   Smiley

http://hosting11.imagecross.com/image-hosting-61/2743bitcoin_uni.png







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February 21, 2011, 12:22:38 AM
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Btw,
How about: Smiley

Already present on Unicode:

☺ u+261A
☻ u+261B

(that's tsu encircled Tongue )

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February 21, 2011, 12:26:49 AM
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Btw,
How about: Smiley

Already present on Unicode:

☺ u+261A
☻ u+261B

(that's tsu encircled Tongue )
Hahaha. Somehow, I like this idea. ☺

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February 21, 2011, 12:24:47 PM
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The ฿ symbol already has an official Unicode name "THAI CURRENCY SYMBOL BAHT".

Unless bitcoin change its name to "Bahtcoin", we should not mess with other countries currency symbol.

Especially the ฿ symbol is only used exclusively for the Thai Baht now, I am sure they will have a strong attachment and ownership feeling towards this symbol.

If I were Thai, i would not be happy about that.

People using the $ may not have such feelings, because so many other currencies are using the $ symbol.

It takes a long time for Unicode to adopt a new character. Something that is already in Unicode is much more convenient. Once adopted, people all over the world can use it, type it (or at least copy and paste) it immediately.

Bitcoin don't have to have a currency symbol, but a currency is really a logo, an identity. Bitcoin is for the electronic medium. It is international. For example, if shown on a shopping website, people knows straight away that the price shown is in Bitcoin (but not Thai baht!).
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February 21, 2011, 10:35:07 PM
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For symbols not yet officially in Unicode, there is the private use area, and there is an organisation,  forgot the name, that helps coordinate the use of that area. Even if we haven't decided what it should look like yet, perhaps it might be possible to reserve a codepoint there.


Once we settle on a symbol, we can make a font with it, and webpages can use embeded font to render that character correctly for anyone with a modern browser.

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March 24, 2011, 08:57:24 AM
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Okay, here's a completely random idea for a thread that's already flooded with ideas.  What about using the Chinese character 币 or some stylized variant thereof?



It means "currency", and if you look, the right-hand side looks like a "b", the center part like a "T", and the bottom half like a turned "C".  I'm under the impression that a substantial portion of Bitcoin's early adopters are Chinese.

(This being said, my first instinct would be to try to get a double-stroked B identical to the logo into Unicode.  By typography-geek standards, it's sufficiently distinct from the Baht symbol.)

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March 24, 2011, 09:22:21 AM
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Okay, here's a completely random idea for a thread that's already flooded with ideas.  What about using the Chinese character 币 or some stylized variant thereof?



It means "currency", and if you look, the right-hand side looks like a "b", the center part like a "T", and the bottom half like a turned "C".  I'm under the impression that a substantial portion of Bitcoin's early adopters are Chinese.

(This being said, my first instinct would be to try to get a double-stroked B identical to the logo into Unicode.  By typography-geek standards, it's sufficiently distinct from the Baht symbol.)

What a great idea I love 币 Smiley

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March 24, 2011, 10:56:09 AM
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Ok, kinda like this:


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March 24, 2011, 03:31:45 PM
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A couple other thoughts on this.  First of all, I forgot to mention this character is pronounced "bi" (almost identical to the letter B); it seems natural that "B" could become a spoken shorthand for "Bitcoin" the same way "buck" is short for "dollar".  ("A small coffee, two packs of cigarettes, and a cruise missile.  That'll be 37 B.")

If I know anything about the Chinese blogosphere, if Bitcoin weren't to push an official Chinese version of their name, a fairly likely Chinese name to spring up spontaneously would be 网民币 - Wangminbi, "The Netizen's Currency", a pun on Renminbi, "The People's Currency".

Previously discussed formats for comparison:

币2
币1200
币37.50

2币
1200币
37.50币

37币50

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March 25, 2011, 11:18:59 PM
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i was fiddling around and i found Alt+0223 to = ß
However i like the lowercase b with the @ symbol loop, almost looks like a c and makes me automatically go "bitcoin" in my head where as $ goes "money"

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March 26, 2011, 02:49:50 AM
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Based on the idea of TiagoTiago:



Available as SVG. (Needs some more work.)

I like the one on the left but maybe it looks more like a logo than a currency symbol. What do you think?

EDIT: Also, Ⓑ is pretty convenient IMO.
EDIT: Uploaded background transparent versions. I'll work on the SVG on demand.
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March 26, 2011, 03:37:01 AM
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for anyone who's about to post "how hard Gokhan's smybol is to handwrite" write it first, cause i found it fliud and enjoyable when using a pen

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March 26, 2011, 05:07:29 AM
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My girlfriend and I like myrkul/Gokhan's idea. We tried it out a few times and it's rather easy to write. Plus we think its reminiscent of the @ symbol, quite apropos for a digi-currency.
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March 26, 2011, 07:11:13 AM
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Only two minor concerns with Gokhan's "b'at" symbol:
- Because the @ symbol already has many uses, we must make sure our symbol is sufficiently visually distinctive.  The @ in @37.50, for example, already denotes the concept of "unit price".  However, I think might not be a problem, as nobody complains that $ is not visually distinctive from S.
- Since the circle shape is very "fat" compared to most currency symbols, we'd want to be sure to design it in such a way that the typographic layout would be appealing when it is written with digits next to it.  (IMO @37.50 does not look as "good" and "money-like" as $37.50, 37.50 ฿, etc.)

Other than that, I think the symbol is unique, eye-catching, and very good at communicating "bitcoin".

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March 26, 2011, 08:48:48 AM
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What you said about it potentially being confused with the @ symbol got me thinking. You're right, that would look rather odd. I came up with another symbol which I've written down on a scrap of paper and photographed. You can see it below. It avoids the problem of looking like any other currency symbol or symbol it is likely to be used in conjunction with and it is easy to write.



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March 26, 2011, 09:22:23 AM
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I have to admit, it looks good!  In a Unicode context, it could be thought of as either a "b" with a vertical line through it, or this upside-down: http://en.decodeunicode.org/en/u+204b

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March 26, 2011, 03:35:53 PM
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I agree! it's easy to write (although not when using cursive) and would look Great when placed next to cash values

on another note:
I Fucking hate that pilcrow sign, first time i did i typing test i was all like WHERE THE FAWK IS THAT AND WHAT IS IT!
then i learned that it was the Enter key, and smashed my keyboard.

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