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The yen sign ('''¥ ) or the yuan sign (¥/元''') is a used by the (CNY) and the (JPY) . This symbol resembles a Latin letter Y with a single or double horizontal stroke.

The base unit of both currencies shared the same Chinese character/ (; Japanese Kyūjitai: ; Japanese : ) that means "circle". It is pronounced yuán in and en in Japanese. In , the Chinese character is more frequently written in everyday situations using the simpler character , which has the same pronunciation as the formal financial character 圓 in Standard Chinese Basic accounting rules, People's Bank of China
第二十六条 凭证、账簿的各种代用符号为:人民币“元”符号为“¥” – Article 26 receipt, the symbol of Yuan is ¥.
(but not in Japanese and in some Chinese varieties). The symbol is usually placed before the value it represents, for example RMB¥20 in China, and JP¥1500 in Japan. However it is also more commonly represented as 20元 in China and 1500円 in Japan.

Shift JIS and Code page 932
In JIS X 0201, of which is an extension, the yen sign has the same byte value (0x5C) as the in .

Japanese-language locales of Microsoft operating systems use the code page 932 character encoding, which is a variant of Shift JIS. Hence, 0x5C is displayed as a yen sign in Japanese-locale fonts on Windows. It is nonetheless used wherever a backslash is used, such as the directory separator character (for example, in C:¥) and as the general (¥n). It is mapped onto the Unicode U+005C REVERSE SOLIDUS (i.e. backslash), while Unicode U+00A5 YEN SIGN is given a one-way "best fit" mapping to 0x5C in code page 932, and 0x5C is displayed as a backslash in Microsoft's documentation for code page 932, essentially making it a backslash given the appearance of a yen sign by localized fonts.

Chinese IME
Under Chinese IMEs such as those from or, typing "$" displays the character "¥", which is different from "¥" used in Japanese IMEs.

The code point is .

Additionally, there is a character (¥) at code point for use with wide fonts, especially East Asian fonts.

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