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“Ooooooh, symbols.”

£ is the symbol for the British pound.

This traces back to Roman times, when leopards, usually shot with an arrow, were used as money. With Brits developing bad backs from hauling these large animals around, shops that sold goods for £1 each or less (one leopard, if you're really that dense) began to spring up throughout the British Isles. Eventually, little round tokens with the emperor's picture on them began to be used as replacements by the second century, but these weren't considered as fun as wrestling with a big cat that comes back to life.

For those without comedic tastes, the so-called experts at Wikipedia have an article about £, or simply go here.
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