a former gold coin of Spain, equal to two escudos.
any of various former gold coins of Europe, as the louis d'or.

1585–95; < Middle French, back formation from pistolet the coin

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pistole (pɪsˈtəʊl)
any of various gold coins of varying value, formerly used in Europe
[C16: from Old French, shortened from pistolet, literally: little pistol]

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former Sp. coin (not called that in Sp.), 1592, from Fr., from It. piastola, dim. of piastra "plate or leaf of metal," from L. plastrum (see plaster).
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