Two options. 1. It's a collation/code page issue. What collation is in use on your database and field? what code page is in use on the server? what about on the client machine that generates the input? 2. It's a font issue; the data's fine, but being mangled on display. What font is being used? Does the font have the £ sign in it? edit - Thinking about it, there's a third option: both the above are causing problems.