Below is the Alt code keyboard shortcut for inserting the Bitcoin sign cryptocurrency symbol. If you are new to ALT codes and need detailed instructions on how to use them, please read How to Use ALT Codes to Enter Special Characters. The Alt code for the Bitcoin sign (₿) on Windows systems is 8383. To enter the Bitcoin sign using the Alt code, hold down the Alt key and, while keeping it pressed, type 8383 using the numeric keypad. Then, release the Alt key, and the Bitcoin sign (₿) symbol should appear. On an Apple Mac US keyboard, press the Option key, and while keeping it pressed, type 20BF. Please note that Alt codes may not work in all applications or with all keyboard configurations, as it depends on the specific settings and character encoding. If these methods do not work, simply copy and paste the Bitcoin sign below.
Click the Bitcoin sign symbol to copy:
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|20BF ALT X
|Mac Option Key Shortcut
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Origin, Meaning and Usage of the Bitcoin (₿) Cryptocurrency Symbol
Bitcoin, the popular cryptocurrency, lacks an officially recognized symbol. However, there is a widely embraced symbol that represents Bitcoin: ₿. It consists of a capital letter B with two vertical strokes at the top and bottom. This symbol is commonly employed to signify Bitcoin in various contexts, including websites, merchandise, and publications. Its design is reminiscent of other currency symbols, and it symbolizes the Bitcoin currency unit (100 million Satoshi), as well as the Bitcoin network itself. Informally, the Bitcoin currency unit is often denoted by the code BTC.
The exact origin and designer of the Bitcoin logo remain uncertain, but it is widely believed to have been created by Satoshi Nakamoto, the individual or group responsible for developing Bitcoin. The logo emerged around 2010-2011 and has since become closely associated with Bitcoin.
It is important to note that while the Bitcoin logo enjoys widespread recognition and usage, it does not hold the status of an official currency symbol, as is the case with traditional fiat currencies. Moreover, it lacks official endorsement from any centralized authority. The Bitcoin logo primarily serves as a visual representation for the cryptocurrency.
The Bitcoin symbol, encoded as U+20BF (₿), became part of Unicode 10.0, which was released in June 2017. Font support for the Bitcoin symbol is available in various platforms, including macOS Sierra, iOS, Android O beta, Windows 10 Creators Update, and several Linux releases. Initially rejected in 2011, the Bitcoin symbol was accepted for Unicode in November 2015 and eventually appeared in Unicode 10.0 in 2017.
In the past, similar-looking Unicode symbols such as the Thai Baht symbol (฿) were used in the absence of an official Bitcoin symbol within the Unicode standard. The capital letter B with a stroke (Ƀ) was also used in cases where utilizing the Baht symbol could lead to confusion.
It’s worth noting that recent developments or new information regarding the Bitcoin symbol and its design may have emerged since the publication of this article. For the most accurate and up-to-date information on this topic, it is advisable to consult current sources and references.
The Bitcoin (₿) cryptocurrency symbol is a part of the set of ALT Codes for Currency Symbols & Signs. For the the complete list of the ASCII based Windows ALT Codes, refer to Windows ALT Codes for Special Characters & Symbols.