Money values expressed as numbers

Express exact amounts of dollars and cents with numerals, using a decimal point to separate dollars from cents, preceded by a dollar sign ($). Use figures to express exact or approximate amounts of money.

We refunded $7.
The total was nearly $50,000.
The fundraising brings in more than $5,000,000 a year (or $5 million)

Do not use a decimal following the dollar amount if cents are not part of the value.

CORRECT: We refunded $100
INCORRECT: We refunded $100.00

When writing out money expressions, do not capitalize.

CORRECT: He was awarded $1 million in the settlement.
INCORRECT: He was awarded $1 Million in the settlement.

Amounts less than one dollar should be spelled out. Use numerals and spell out cents. Do not use decimal format or the dollar sign ($). The cent sign (¢) should be used only in tables.

Exception: See below for ranges. The cent sign (¢) is used in ranges and not spelled out.

CORRECT: He was given 50 cents
INCORRECT: He was given $0.50
INCORRECT: He was given 50¢
Money in round amounts of a million or more may be expressed partly in words.
$12 million (preferred) or 12 million dollars
$6.25 billion (preferred) or 6.25 billion dollars


Repeat the dollar sign or cent sign, but do not repeat the word forms. Do not use a hyphen in money value ranges; use to with a dollar sign ($) or cent sign (¢).

CORRECT: Reimbursement is $50 to $60.
INCORRECT: Reimbursement is $50-$60.
INCORRECT: Reimbursement is $50 - 60.
INCORRECT: Reimbursement is $50-60.

CORRECT: On any day, he could find 25 to 50 cents on the ground.
INCORRECT: On any day, he could find 25-50 cents on the ground.
INCORRECT: On any day, he could find 25¢ - 50¢ on the ground.

Money values in tables

Typically, the dollar sign is included only in the first row of a column and does not repeat for successive rows in the table.

For amounts under $1, include a zero preceding the decimal.

No examples are provided as this circumstance rarely occurs in medical transcription. Medical secretaries should follow the Gregg Reference Manual.

At the beginning of a sentence

The preference is to recast the sentence so it doesn't begin with a monetary or numerical value. If that isn't possible, then the guidelines apply as above.

Two million dollars of the fund was spent on construction.
Six hundred thirty-two dollars was refunded.

Possessive adjectives

Add apostrophe s ('s) to show money values as a possessive adjective.

a dollar's worth
about 50 cents' worth

Do not use the possessive form with compound adjectives.

He received a 10-dollar bill.

NOTE: According to the Book of Style, the word "dollar" would be shown as a dollar sign ($) and not spelled out. The example above is comparable to what is shown in the AHDI Book of Style. The correct format according to the guidelines given for money expressions is shown below.

He received a $10 bill.
In this case, there would not be a possessive expression.

Foreign currency

In some cases it is necessary to distinguish US dollars from other currencies, such as euros (official currency of the European Union), Canadian dollars, etc. In these cases, use the official designation or symbol for that currency before the dollar sign. There is no space between the letters or symbol and the dollar sign ($).

US$1 million.
Can$1 million.
EUR$1 million or €1 million

 If your software supports use of symbols for foreign currency, use of the symbol is preferred.

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