U+00A3 was added to Unicode in version 1.1 (1993). It belongs to the block Latin-1 Supplement in the Basic Multilingual Plane.

This character is a Currency Symbol and is commonly used, that is, in no specific script. The character is also known as pound sterling, Irish punt, Italian lira, Turkish lira and etc..

The glyph is not a composition. It has a Narrow East Asian Width. In bidirectional context it acts as European Terminator and is not mirrored. The glyph can, under circumstances, be confused with 1 other glyphs. In text U+00A3 behaves as Prefix Numeric regarding line breaks. It has type Other for sentence and Other for word breaks. The Grapheme Cluster Break is Any.

The Wikipedia has the following information about this codepoint:

The pound sign (£ or ₤) is the symbol for the pound sterling—the currency of the United Kingdom (UK). The same symbol is (or was) used for similarly named currencies in some other countries and territories, such as the Irish pound, Gibraltar pound, Australian pound, and Italian lira.

The symbol derives from a capital "L", representing libra, the basic unit of weight in the Roman Empire, which in turn is derived from the Latin name of the same spelling for scales or a balance. The pound became an English unit of weight and was so named because it originally had the value of one tower pound (~350 grams) of fine (pure) silver.

The pound sign is placed before the number (e.g. "£12,000"), and separated from the following digits by no space or only a thin space.

The symbol ₤ was called the lira sign in Italy, before the adoption of the euro. It was used as an alternative to the more usual L to show prices in lire.

In American English, the term "pound sign" usually refers to the symbol # (see number sign), and the corresponding telephone key is called the "pound key". The symbols £ and # are both referred to as the pound sign in Canadian English (# is also referred to as the number sign).

In the original old Caslon metal fonts, the pound sign was identical to the italic capital "J" rotated 180 degrees.


System Representation
UTF-8 C2 A3
UTF-16 00 A3
UTF-32 00 00 00 A3
URL-Quoted %C2%A3
HTML-Escape £
Wrong windows-1252 Mojibake £
HTML-Escape £
digraph Pd
alias pound sterling
alias Irish punt
alias Italian lira
alias Turkish lira
alias etc.
LaTeX \textsterling
Encoding: ISO-8859-13 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: ISO-8859-14 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: ISO-8859-15 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: ISO-8859-3 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: ISO-8859-7 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: ISO-8859-8 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: MACINTOSH (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: WINDOWS-1252 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: WINDOWS-1253 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: WINDOWS-1254 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: WINDOWS-1255 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: WINDOWS-1256 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: WINDOWS-1257 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: WINDOWS-1258 (hex bytes) A3
Encoding: X-MAC-CYRILLIC (hex bytes) A3

Related Characters

  • £


  • ₤


Complete Record

Property Value
Age (age) 1.1
Unicode Name (na) POUND SIGN
Unicode 1 Name (na1)
Block (blk) Latin_1_Sup
General Category (gc) Currency Symbol
Script (sc) Common
Bidirectional Category (bc) European Terminator
Combining Class (ccc) Not Reordered
Decomposition Type (dt) None
Decomposition Mapping (dm) £
Lowercase (Lower)
Simple Lowercase Mapping (slc) £
Lowercase Mapping (lc) £
Uppercase (Upper)
Simple Uppercase Mapping (suc) £
Uppercase Mapping (uc) £
Simple Titlecase Mapping (stc) £
Titlecase Mapping (tc) £
Case Folding (cf) £
ASCII Hex Digit (AHex)
Alphabetic (Alpha)
Bidi Control (Bidi_C)
Bidi Mirrored (Bidi_M)
Bidi Paired Bracket (bpb) £
Bidi Paired Bracket Type (bpt) None
Cased (Cased)
Composition Exclusion (CE)
Case Ignorable (CI)
Full Composition Exclusion (Comp_Ex)
Changes When Casefolded (CWCF)
Changes When Casemapped (CWCM)
Changes When NFKC Casefolded (CWKCF)
Changes When Lowercased (CWL)
Changes When Titlecased (CWT)
Changes When Uppercased (CWU)
Dash (Dash)
Deprecated (Dep)
Default Ignorable Code Point (DI)
Diacritic (Dia)
East Asian Width (ea) Narrow
Extender (Ext)
FC NFKC Closure (FC_NFKC) £
Grapheme Cluster Break (GCB) Any
Grapheme Base (Gr_Base)
Grapheme Extend (Gr_Ext)
Hex Digit (Hex)
Hangul Syllable Type (hst) Not Applicable
Hyphen (Hyphen)
ID Continue (IDC)
Ideographic (Ideo)
ID Start (IDS)
IDS Binary Operator (IDSB)
IDS Trinary Operator and (IDST)
Indic Positional Category (InPC) NA
Indic Syllabic Category (InSC) Other
ISO 10646 Comment (isc)
Joining Group (jg) No_Joining_Group
Join Control (Join_C)
Jamo Short Name (JSN)
Joining Type (jt) Non Joining
Line Break (lb) Prefix Numeric
Logical Order Exception (LOE)
Math (Math)
Noncharacter Code Point (NChar)
NFC Quick Check (NFC_QC) Yes
NFD Quick Check (NFD_QC) Yes
NFKC Casefold (NFKC_CF) £
NFKC Quick Check (NFKC_QC) Yes
NFKD Quick Check (NFKD_QC) Yes
Numeric Type (nt) None
Numeric Value (nv) NaN
Other Alphabetic (OAlpha)
Other Default Ignorable Code Point (ODI)
Other Grapheme Extend (OGr_Ext)
Other ID Continue (OIDC)
Other ID Start (OIDS)
Other Lowercase (OLower)
Other Math (OMath)
Other Uppercase (OUpper)
Pattern Syntax (Pat_Syn)
Pattern White Space (Pat_WS)
Quotation Mark (QMark)
Radical (Radical)
Sentence Break (SB) Other
Simple Case Folding (scf) £
Script Extension (scx) Common
Soft Dotted (SD)
STerm (STerm)
Terminal Punctuation (Term)
Unified Ideograph (UIdeo)
Variation Selector (VS)
Word Break (WB) Other
White Space (WSpace)
XID Continue (XIDC)
XID Start (XIDS)
Expands On NFC (XO_NFC)
Expands On NFD (XO_NFD)
Expands On NFKC (XO_NFKC)
Expands On NFKD (XO_NFKD)