One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Portuguese gold coin, current in England in the early 18th century and then worth about 27 shillings.
- ‘Gold and silver coins from France (pistole and ecu) and Portugal (moidore and johannes) could also be found.’
- ‘They acquired the cargo including jewels, 40,000 gold moidores and a diamond studded gold cross, intended for King of Portugal.’
- ‘Under the universal name of moidore it became the most commonly traded coin in the New World and was internationally the principal gold coin of the 18th century.’
- ‘In 1800, a fisherman, John Richard, found a quantity of gold moidores and doubloons among the rocks here.’
- ‘A number of Spanish pieces-of-eight and moidores were dug up at Castletown, whilst excavating for enlargement of the Earl of Derby's wine cellars.’
From Portuguese moeda d'ouro ‘money of gold’.
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