You know your typeface is iconic when a single digit is recognizable.

Base of side of truck reads 222 in Helvetica

(You didn’t have to give it to us three times, though.)

Sign in Helvetica shows a 9 carved out of negative space inside a 5

However, by the same token, we can tell when you’re using the wrong dollar sign. This one looks like Frutiger:

Sign reads ‘starting from $1’ in Helvetica, save for the dollar sign

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