doubloon

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From French doublon, from Spanish doblón, augmentative of doble (double), because it was worth twice a pistole.

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doubloon (plural doubloons)

  1. (historical) A former Spanish gold coin, also used in its American colonies. [from early 17th c.]
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island:
      English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises, doubloons and double guineas and moidores and sequins, the pictures of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred years, strange Oriental pices stamped with what looked like wisps of string or its of spider's web, round pieces and square pieces, and pieces bored through the middle, as if to ware them round your neck – nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think, have found a place in that collection...

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