in case anyone else is looking to change the postion of the currency symbol in a specific locale.
This is defined within the Zend-Framework.
Go to lib/Zend/Locale/Data/ there you will a hell of a lot xml files, named according to their targeting locale.
I wanted to change the symbol in de to be at the left side, no idea why this is wrong by default in Zend :-(
Hence open up de.xml look for the tag currencyFormats and change the #,##0.00 ยค to ยค #,##0.00.
The ยค defines wehre the currency symbol will be placed.
Don’t forget to clear you cache and take in mind the Zend cache even runs with turned off Magento Cache.
rm -Rdf var/cache/*
Hope this saves anyone else time.