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Question: Which symbol do you like best?
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July 28, 2013, 03:30:42 PM

I fired off an email to the BitCoin Foundation:

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Hi BTC Foundation...

Could you folk maybe pick up the stale application for a Unicode BitCoin symbol?  Someone needs to do it, and you folk are perhaps best placed.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Scripts and Symbols — Bitcoin Sign (C.14)
[127-A57] Action item for Rick McGowan: Respond to the author of L2/11-129 that the use of the bitcoin symbol in (running) text has not been demonstrated. There may also be IP issues because is using the symbol as a logo.

I'm sure the suggestion of possible IP issues can be quickly resolved.  The running text one will be interesting - because Bitcoin and keyboards go together - perhaps the evidence of people using BTC as a proxy for a symbol would suffice, especially in the context of using OTHER major currency unicode chars (€$£¥) and various discussion on fora about the need for a symbol will get close. 
Also, maybe some of the BTC wallet / voucher printing site use the B in context?

Anyway, hope you'll consider it.  I was somewhat surprised to see that an application to Unicode has already been made, and considered, and faltered perhaps just for the lack of a response to a query by the applicant.

And just for the example, according to XE.COM,  currently $1.00 = BTC0.0101174
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July 28, 2013, 03:35:49 PM

i like oandas btc symbol

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July 28, 2013, 07:25:33 PM

I also sent an e-mail to Lindsey, suggesting that they create a TeX package that can be used in documents now even before there is an official unicode symbol. e.g.


would then let us do

The item costs 3.45 \bitcoin{}

and it would insert the design by Pander.

Or if we prefer the Wareen design -


The package would use postscript fonts designed by a font designer. It doesn't have to have an actual unicode number to be used in LaTeX.

That would less us play with the different options helping us determine which we prefer. And when there is an official character, the TeX macro package could be updated so that all we have to do is recompile the document and the official character is used.

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October 24, 2013, 09:42:51 PM

slightly off-topic but can anyone point me to the exact font which was used for this graphic? Or was it "hand" drawn? Does anyone know the closest font? Bookman Old and Rockwell make a similar B but not exactly like it.
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October 27, 2014, 08:48:38 AM

I prefer standard unicode characters:

for bitcoin
ƀ for bit where 1 bit = 10e-6 bitcoins
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October 27, 2014, 08:51:54 AM

Interesting... and

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