The British sovereign is the current gold coin, the unit of the bronze and silver coinage being the piastre (11⁄3 penny).
Indeed, we have never expected a piastre—no, not even a tlaco.
The 1⁄40 of a piastre is popularly called a para and the native population generally reckon in paras.
These values are given only from 1900, when the value of the piastre was fixed.
The rum of commerce (from 22 to 23 degrees) is sold at one Spanish piastre the gallon.
An Englishman threw him a piastre, and he turned into a cafe.
The wine is very cheap; I bought a bottle containing about three pints for a piastre.
Then the Englishman stood up, gave me a piastre, and offered his arm to Carmen, as if she couldn't have walked alone.
He had already used very positive language in his endeavour to assure his tormentors that they would not get a piastre from him.
Every adult male native is obliged to pay annually one Spanish piastre, or to give five days' labour for their repair.
also piastre, 1620s, "Spanish dollar, piece of eight," also used as the name of a monetary unit and coin of Turkey (1610s, in Turkish called ghurush, but originally debased Spanish dollars), from French piastre, from Italian piastra "thin metal plate," short for impiastro "plaster," from Latin emplastrum, from Greek emplastron (see plaster). The Italian word was applied to the Spanish silver peso, later to the Turkish coin based on it. Cf. shinplaster.