Cover Price

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  • Required
  • This is the price printed plus the currency code for the currency of the country of publication. Common currency symbols (such as $) and abbreviations are not to be used. Additional prices for other countries may be listed separated by a semi-colon. For all books the price is given in the major currency, not divisions of it (for example dollars, not cents).
  • For issues with no cover price, which were given away free, "0.00 FREE" is used. For issues with no cover price where the original price is not known, [none] is used. For issues with no cover price where the original price is known (from promotional material, for instance), the price in square braces is used, with a note in the notes field for the issue as to how the price was determined.
  • The price in the price field can be taken from anywhere printed on the comic or packaging. If the price on the exterior front or back cover differs from the price for the same country somewhere else on the comic, the price on the exterior front or back cover takes precedence while the other price gets listed in the price field in brackets with a note in the Notes field explaining the situation.
  • Comics with non-decimal cover prices should be shown in this hyphenated format: "price as it appears on the cover [Pounds-Shillings-Pence GBP]" (or AUP for Australian pounds)
    Note: There is no official code for Australian pounds; "AUP" is non-standard but used by the GCD and other sources. Several countries changed from non-decimal currency to decimal currency. Dates are listed below: no comic book created after these dates should have the [0-0-6] designation in the price field, except for transition periods of a few months where BOTH non-decimal and decimal prices may have been present.
    • 15 February 1971 in the UK (Great Britain)
    • 15 February 1971 in Ireland
    • 14 February 1966 in Australia
    • 10 July 1967 in New Zealand
    • 14 February 1961 in South Africa
    • 1 April 1957 in India
  • For issues with different prices using the same currency, list the country code after the currency code.
  • For older currencies for Mexico, the country codes are:
    • MXP - ends 1992-12-31
    • MXN - from 1993-01-01 - present
  • For older currencies for Argentina, the country codes are:
    • ARC - from January 9, 1826 to November 4, 1881
    • ARM - from November 5, 1881 to December 31, 1969
    • ARL - from January 1, 1970 to May 31, 1983
    • ARP - from June 1, 1983 to June 14, 1985
    • ARA - from June 15, 1985 to December 31, 1991
    • ARS - from January 1, 1992 - present
  • For other older currencies for which no ISO standard code exists we still use ISO-style codes. Wikipedia - Historical currency codes.
  • Examples:
* 0.10 USD
* 1.50 USD; 1.95 CAD
* 0.00 FREE
* 2/6 [0-2-6 GBP]
* [2.50 CAD] (see notes)
* 2.00 USD [2.50 CAD] (see notes)
* 3.99 EUR DE; 3.50 EUR AT; 1.50 EUR FR

(end of definition)

The following table includes some of the most common codes. The full list is linked above.

USD United States of America Dollars CAD Canadian Dollars AUD Australian Dollars
EUR Euro Member Countries, Euro GBP Great Britain (United Kingdom) Pounds AUP Australian Pounds
DKK Danish Kroner NOK Norwegian Kroner SEK Swedish Kronor
NLG Dutch (Netherlands) Guldens DEM German Marks FIM Finnish Markka
ITL Italian Lira FRF French Francs CHF Swiss Francs
ESP Spanish Pesetas MXP Mexican Pesos (pre 1993) MXN Mexican Pesos (post 1993)

In addition to the historical codes for Brazil listed on the Wikipedia page, the following codes are used for Brazil:

  • BRM, Colonial times to 1942-10-31
  • BRZ, 1942-11-01 to 1967-02-12
  • BRB, 1967-02-13 to 1986-02-27

Policy Votes Affecting This Topic - 2021-12-01

Senior Editor Votes - 2008-11-02

Senior Editor Votes - 2008-09-26

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