Yes, but historically, why? Early on in the computer age, what Brit would use it? I wonder if the $ symbol didn't wind up in various scripting languages (and the "anchor" character in 1-2-3, Excel, etc.) **because** it was accessible on so many keyboards worldwide. Similar tohte pipe "|" character and the caret "^" character. How much are they in use today because they were available on the earliest computer keyboards (and typewriters before that)?