The 9s of Uruguay

We’re getting closer to being (mini) farm owners. As we left the escribana‘s office, she handed me this:

Any ideas?

U$S 1.967 – or to Americans, $1,967, the balance I need to pay in the next few days. To locals here, $1,967 means pesos, or a little over a hundred bucks. Hence the U$S. It can get confusing in a store when you see price tags in two currencies – not both together, rather one or the other.

But the thing I marvel at is the ‘P’ for ‘9.’ I don’t know how they’re taught, but sometimes they get it right, and as often as not it’s backward. Sometimes both on the same paper.

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