One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Spanish gold coin.
- ‘For a brief instant, he imagined opening the chest to find gold doubloons or the like but then the adult in him rose up and chastised his childish side.’
- ‘Look here at this gold doubloon, this ounce of Spanish gold!’
- ‘In my spare time, I also look for rare Spanish doubloons in Coke machines.’
- ‘So I took my mother's spoons and headed out for the backyard where I proceeded to dig about a zillion holes in the ground searching for gold doubloons.’
- ‘Most valued are the doubloons, aluminum coins about the size of a silver dollar with the krewe's emblem.’
Early 17th century: from French doublon or its source, Spanish doblón, from doble ‘double’ (so named because the coin was worth double the value of a pistole).
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