|In Unicode||U+20AA ₪ NEW SHEQEL SIGN (HTML |
|See also||(Old Israeli shekel)|
The Israeli new shekel is denoted in Hebrew: שקל חדש (šéqel ħadáš, IPA: [ˈʃekel χaˈdaʃ], lit. "New Shekel") or by the acronym Hebrew: ש״ח ([ʃaχ]). The symbol was announced officially on 22 September 1985, when the first new shekel banknotes and coins were introduced. It is constructed by combining the two Hebrew letters that constitute the acronym (the first letter of each of the two words, Hebrew is written from right to left): "ש" and "ח". Sometimes the "₪" symbol (Unicode 20AA) is used following the number, other times the acronym Hebrew: ש״ח.
The shekel sign, like the dollar sign ("$"), is usually placed left of the number (i.e. "₪12,000" and not "12,000₪"), but since Hebrew is written from right to left, this means that the symbol is actually written after the number. It is either not separated from the preceding number, or is separated only by a thin space.
Unlike the dollar sign, the new shekel sign is not used that often when handwriting monetary amounts.
The symbol has the Unicode code point U+20AA ₪ NEW SHEQEL SIGN (HTML
₪). It has been in Unicode since June 1993, version 1.1.0.
Using the standard Hebrew keyboard (SI 1452), it must be typed as AltGr+A (the letter ש appears on the same key in regular Hebrew mode). The Shekel sign, however, is not engraved on most keyboards sold in Israel and the sign is rarely used in day-to-day typing.
20aathen space or ↵ Enter, irrespective of keyboard setting.
The old Israeli shekel, "", in circulation between 1980 and 1985, had a different symbol, which was officially announced on 18 March 1980. It was a stylized Shin shaped like a cradle (i.e. rounded and opening upward). Before the introduction of the old shekel in 1980, there was no special symbol for the Israeli currency. This symbol appeared on checks issued by Israeli banks between 1980 and 1985. Quoting prices in new shekels started officially on 1 January 1986, and the old shekel checks remaining unused had to be stamped with the new shekel symbol over the old symbol.