Where did the Euro symbol come from?

Where did the Euro symbol come from?


The euro is one of the worlds newest and largest
currencies and its symbol looks rather straightforward, but it is shrouded in mystery. What is known is that in the mid-90s, 32 designs
were put forward, which were then dropped down to ten and further narrowed down by a
survey to two designs, and after a decision by the European commission the winner of the
contest was the current symbol. Which seemingly was designed to be similar
in structure to the old sign for the European Currency Unit. The other designs that were considered are
not available for the public to view, nor is any information regarding the designers
available for public enquiry. The European Commission considers the process
of designing to have been internal and keeps these records secret. The eventual winner was a design created by
a team of four experts whose identities have not been revealed. But it is assumed that a Belgian graphic designer
called Alain Billiet was the winner and thus the designer of the euro sign. Despite the fact that many believe symbol
to have derived from the symbol of the European currency unit the European commission state
that: Inspiration for the € symbol itself came
from the Greek epsilon (Є) – a reference to the cradle of European civilisation – and
the first letter of the word Europe, crossed by two parallel lines to ‘certify’ the stability
of the euro. Given the instability of the euro over the
past few years, the European commission might want to rethink the parallel lines…

21 Comments

  • Well... Actually

    August 4, 2017

    Something I am thinking of doing every so often – when I started the channel my plan was to do a lot of symbols. Hope you enjoy it, I think I might do the ยฃ and $ symbols next.
    translate – http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UCLzELCDHdDfPaJSZ-BJTawA&tab=2

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  • Anthony Grigorian

    August 4, 2017

    the Currency that ruined some of Europe

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  • crebollar60

    August 4, 2017

    Third.

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  • Nicolas Cruz

    August 4, 2017

    SEX ME HARDER!!!

    Reply
  • Robi_CK

    August 4, 2017

    You are a one busy owl… New videos every day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply
  • Phina Ibe

    August 4, 2017

    NOT first

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  • Daan Willemsen

    August 4, 2017

    I like euro's, because I get payed in euro's

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  • Adrian T

    August 4, 2017

    Hi

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  • Ramy Fili

    August 4, 2017

    Lol Nice ending.

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  • Andrew Vasirov

    August 4, 2017

    >democratic union
    >not showing the people the other designs
    >still worse than the British pound

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  • SonoftheWay35

    August 5, 2017

    Why is it so secretive? lol

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  • alltoohuman01

    August 5, 2017

    to make it stable they just need to add a third parallel line XD

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  • Kurek Movies

    August 6, 2017

    Fuck EU

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  • David Amicus

    August 7, 2017

    The Euro symbol reminds me of Christopher Columbus overturning the Pillars of Hercules with his Discovery of the New World.

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  • The Dudeface

    August 11, 2017

    27th comment, wow

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  • Ceisiwr Serith

    August 15, 2017

    I just figure it was the first letter of "Europe" with a modification to make it look vaguely like the symbols of other currencies, like the yen, the dollar, of even the pound.

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  • aven w

    August 27, 2017

    Imagine that – a smiley face as the currency symbol for Europe. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • SlimeMan

    December 29, 2017

    Wait… a smiley face was close to being the symbol of the euro?

    Strange.

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  • David K

    February 10, 2018

    Who cares. It belongs to hell.

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  • Nikhilesh Surve

    July 7, 2018

    0:29 The Tamil letter for the syllable "Pu" (pronounced as "poo") i.e. "เฎชเฏ‚" was also considered? That makes no sense as the sound for the letter has nothing to do with Euro nor does it look like anything representative to it unless it's not that Tamil but something else in that case "What?".
    Or is it just your compilation of various symbols & letters?

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  • Paulina Harvette

    March 18, 2019

    Bullshit. Big bullshit. It comes from the E letter of the Slavic ancient alphabet and its exactly the same symbol with 2 lines just the symbol is TWISTED. why? And guess what the word WESE which has 2 of these E means wealth, money. Too much coincidences for me.

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