louis

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Borrowed from French louis, from Louis, the name of the French kings who first issued these coins and whose images appeared on their obverses.

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louis (plural louis or louises)

  1. (historical numismatics) Any gold or silver coin issued by the French kings from Louis XIII to Louis XVI and bearing their image on the obverse side, particularly the gold louis d'ors, originally a French form of the Spanish doubloon but varying in value between 10 and 24 livres.
  2. (historical numismatics) The louis d'or constitutionnel, a 24-livre gold coin issued by the First French Republic.
  3. (historical numismatics, French slang) The franc germinal or napoleon, a similar gold coin issued by Napoleon and bearing his image on the obverse, worth 20 francs.

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French[edit]

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From Louis, the name of the kings of France who first issued these coins and whose images appeared on their obverses.

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louis m (plural louis)

  1. (historical numismatics) A louis: various gold and silver coins issued by the Kingdom, Republic, and (slang) Empire of France.
  2. (historical numismatics, slang) 20 francs.

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louis m (plural louis)

  1. (Jersey, numismatics) pound