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I would like to write a pound sign as reproduced here, from this article on the #-sign. Notice the reproduction of Newton's hand writing, which illustrates the development from lb toward #.

How may I obtain the symbol I want to use?

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If you have the vector image you want to include (here, pfund.svg), you can open it in Inkscape and save it as a .pdf file. You want to select the option to set the page size to the size of the exported object, so as not to have borders around the glyph, and the background to be transparent.

You can then include the image as a graphic with graphicx. This code will automatically scale it to the height of a capital letter in the current font.

\documentclass{article}
\tracinglostchars=2
\usepackage{graphicx} % For \includegraphics

\newlength{\capheight}

\newcommand\librapondo{%
  \settoheight{\capheight}{H}%
  \includegraphics[height=\capheight]{pfund.pdf}%
}

\begin{document}
\section*{The {\librapondo} Symbol}

Sir Isaac Newton wrote the {\textsterling} symbol as {\librapondo}.

{\footnotesize A smaller {\librapondo}.}
\end{document}

Sample image

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It comes from the marvosym package. Note: Detexify correctly identifies this symbol.

enter image description here

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{marvosym}

\begin{document}

\Pfund

\end{document}
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  • Many thanks! :) I discarded marvosym as I attempted $\Pfund$. Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 14:57
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    @Sapiens: Yes, \Pfund works in textmode. Note that to get a trailing space you need to add it: Here is the \Pfund\ symbol.
    – Sandy G
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 15:08
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The symbol is included in the marvosym.ttf font at the position 163. For example, in OpTeX we can do following:

\fontfam[lm]
\font\tenmarvosym=[marvosym.ttf]
\def\pfund{{\tenmarvosym\resizethefont\char163}}

\sec The \pfund{} symbol

Sir Isaac Newton wrote the £ symbol as \pfund.

{\typosize[8/] A smaller \pfund.}

\bye

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