piece of eight

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piece of eight (plural pieces of eight)

  1. (historical) peso, a silver coin, that was minted in Spain and its colonies from the end of 15th century, equal to eight reales (hence the name).
    • It was a long, difficult business, for the coins were of all countries and sizes — doubloons, and louis d'ors, and guineas, and pieces of eight, and I know not what besides, all shaken together at random.Robert Louis Stevenson, "Treasure Island".


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