The cent is a unit of currency that is equal to 1/100 of a dollar. The cent is commonly used in the United States and some other countries. Cent is also known as the penny. The symbol for cent is written as ¢. The word cent is derived from the Latin word centum which means hundred.
History of the Cent Symbol
The cent symbol is believed to have been invented by Christopher Columbus in 1494. The symbol was used to denote a number of 100. Columbus had the number 100 on his ship as it was on its way to Asia. He used this symbol for a unit of currency during his voyages.
In the United States, the first use of the cent symbol was in 1786 when the Coinage Act was passed by Congress. The first official coin with the cent symbol was minted in 1787. The coin had a value of the 100th part of a dollar and weighed 6.74 grams. It had two sides, one depicting an eagle and another depicting wheat sheafs and arrows which were symbolic of agriculture and industry respectively. In 1857, a new design for cents coins was introduced which depicted Lady Liberty on one side and wheat sheafs on another side.
The next design change for cents coins took place in 1864 when they were reduced in size from 19 mm to 17 mm and were made out of copper-nickel alloy instead of copper alone. In 1909, they were redesigned again and had an image of Lincoln on one side and Native American head on another side as well as a new inscription.
The cent symbol has also been used in other countries like Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It is used to denote a currency name as well as a unit of currency. In the United States, the cent symbol is commonly used on goods and services that are priced in cents.
In some countries, the cent symbol is also used for denoting other things such as grade point average in schools and institutions of higher learning, on coffee prices at cafes and restaurants, for describing movie ratings (i.e., G-rated movie), and on TV shows to denote number of episodes.
The cent symbol is also used for denoting temperature units such as Celsius, Kelvin, and Fahrenheit. The symbol is also used for denoting different meanings in different countries. In Canada, the cent symbol is used to denote currency. In New Zealand, the cent symbol is used to denote distance.
How To Type The Cent Symbol On Windows
When you want to type the cent symbol on computer, you can follow the steps given below:
Step 1: If you are using Windows, then first go to the keyboard settings and change the default input language to English (United States).
Step 2: Once you have changed the language, then go to the Symbol panel and click on the Currency drop-down menu.
Step 3: Then select the ¢ symbol from the list of symbols.
Step 4: You can also type the cent symbol by pressing the Alt key on your keyboard and then press 0169 on your keyboard.
How To Type The Cent Symbol On Mac
The cent symbol can be typed on Mac by using the key combination Option+C. To do this, you can use the Keyboard Viewer utility on Mac. Here is how you can do it:
Step 1: Click on the Apple logo at the top left corner of your screen.
Step 2: Choose System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: From the System Preferences window, click on Keyboard Viewer. This will open a small window on your screen with different keyboard shortcuts.
Step 4: Click on the small arrow next to the International keyboard button at the bottom of the window.
Step 5: In the International keyboard window, select the Keyboard Viewer tab. Then, click on the Add button.
Step 6: In the Add Custom Keyboard window, enter ¢ in the Input field and click on Add. This will add the cent symbol to your keyboard.
Step 7: Click on OK to close the Keyboard Viewer window.
Now you can type ¢ by pressing Option+C keys together on your keyboard.
How To Type The Cent Symbol On Android
Android devices offer a few ways to type the cent symbol. The following methods are used to type the cent symbol on Android devices.
Method 1: Type The Cent Symbol Using Android Keyboard
The Android keyboard has a dedicated key for the cent symbol. This key is used to type the cent symbol on Android.
Step 1: To type the cent symbol, you need to open any app that supports text input. For example, you can open the “Messaging” app and type a message.
Step 2: Open the Android keyboard. To do so, tap on the text input field and then tap on the “123” key to open the keyboard.
Step 3: Type the number 9 followed by holding down the period key for a few seconds. The cent symbol will be displayed on your Android device.
Method 2: Type The Cent Symbol Using Third-Party Keyboard
Step 1: Download and install a third-party keyboard app on your Android device. For example, you can download and install the “SwiftKey” app from the Google Play Store. Once the app is installed, open it.
Step 2: Next, open the “Settings” app and navigate to “Language & input”. Then, tap on the “Default” key and select the third-party keyboard app from the list.
Step 3: Open the third-party keyboard app and then tap on the text input field. Tap on the symbol key followed by doing a long press on the period key. The cent symbol will be displayed on your Android device.
Some external keyboard apps have different interfaces and methods to type the cent symbol. For example, SwiftKey app allows you to type the cent symbol by tapping on the key with a small “1” symbol while other apps may have a dedicated key for the cent symbol.
How To Type The Cent Symbol On iOs
The cent symbol can be typed on iOs by following the steps given below:
Step 1: Open the “Settings” app on your iOs device.
Step 2: Tap on “General”.
Step 3: Tap on “Keyboard”.
Step 4: Tap on “International Keyboards”.
Step 5: Tap on “Add New Keyboard”.
Step 6: Scroll down and tap on “English (US)”.
Step 7: Tap on “Cent”.
Step 8: Tap on “Save”.
Step 9: The cent symbol will be available to use when you tap on the globe icon.