What does the circled 1 sign mean on Google maps next to "Tolls"?



I don't think that's the number of tolls given the distance.

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    I've always assumed that it was a pictographic icon for tolls (representing coins or tokens), and that it had no particular meaning beyond that. Nov 27 '20 at 22:55
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    As @MichaelSeifert it is the symbol indicating there is tolls on your route. Sometimes the symbol shows up to indicate tolls without also using the word "Tolls"
    – Midavalo
    Nov 27 '20 at 23:17
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    Have a fast and safe drive for such a long road! Nov 27 '20 at 23:17
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    Money. It used to come as round things with numbers on them... Nov 29 '20 at 15:36

As correctly stated by @MichaelSeifert, it is a graphic representation of a coin.

A circle alone wouldn't be easily interpreted as currency. I speculate that using the dollar symbol would be biasing in an international context, so using a digit is the most intuitive way to display that the circle has value.

Historically, on US tollways you often used a single coin to pay the toll. Modern tollways are either more expensive or simply electronic (i.e. in Israel you don't have a single toll booth, and just I found the same "1 coin" icon as I expected on my way from Tel Aviv to Haifa).

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    But the icon shows two coins.
    – phoog
    Nov 28 '20 at 7:38
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    Interestingly that in Russia (and probably in some exUSSR countries) an auxiliary road sign for paid parking shows 3 circles with numbers 10, 15 and 20 in them. There were actual 10-, 15- and 20-copeck coins in USSR (minted until 1991 and remained legal tender until 1998, although practically unused after 1992 due to extremely low value after hyperinflation).
    – trolley813
    Nov 28 '20 at 8:21
  • @phoog I think it is one coin entering... the coin box?
    – Ángel
    Nov 28 '20 at 23:54
  • @Ángel It is intended to be two coins.
    – Herohtar
    Nov 29 '20 at 5:50
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    I'm not sure that last paragraph is true; at a manned toll booth you could pay the attendant the toll in whatever combination of coins you wish (or even give them paper dollars and get change). The only time you could actually pay a toll with a single coin would be if the toll was one of the coin amounts -- 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢ (maybe 50¢?)
    – Herohtar
    Nov 29 '20 at 5:59

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