Ducatoon

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ducatoon A silver coin of several countries of Europe, and of different values.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ducatoon The English name of the ducatone, a silver coin (also called giustina), formerly current in the republic of Venice, and containing nearly 398 grains of fine silver, equal to 0.965 of the United States silver dollar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ducatoon an old silver coin in Venice and elsewhere, worth 5 to 6 shillings
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. or Sp. ducaton, fr. ducat,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ducat—It. ducatoducatus, a duchy. The name was applied to an Apulian silver coin of 1140. The first gold ducat struck at Venice in 1284 bore the legend—'Sit tibi Christe datus quem tu regis iste Ducatus' ('Be this duchy, which thou rulest, dedicated to thee, O Christ'), which may have helped to spread the name, though it did not originate it.

Usage

In literature:

DUCATOON', formerly a Dutch silver coin worth 3 gulden 3 stivers, or 5s.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The boatmen they paid some L7000, and threw them handfuls of ducatoons to scramble for.
"The Monarchs of the Main, Volume III (of 3)" by Walter Thornbury
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