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Money: Researching the History of U.S. and International Currencies

U.S. Paper Money

The materials on this page link to selected resources about paper money and currency history in the Library's collection, on the internet, and in articles.

Print Materials

The following print resources link to fuller bibliographic information about each item in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.  Search the catalog for additional resources.

Internet Resources

Theories on the Dollar Sign

There are many theories as to the origin of the dollar sign. None have been "verified," but many feel that the most likely explanation is from the abbreviation pieces of 8 (peso) seen referenced in Spanish currency. There are additional resources that can be used for research on researching paper currency in other sections of this guide.