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 Â¤ to Â¤ #,##0.00.
The Â¤ 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.