Definition of Piece of eight

1. Noun. An old silver Spanish coin; worth 8 reales.

Generic synonyms: Coin



Definition of Piece of eight

1. Noun. An historical English term for peso, a silver coin, that was minted in Spain from the end of 15th century, equal to eight reales (hence the name). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Piece Of Eight

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Literary usage of Piece of eight

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1. Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys, F.R.S.: Secretary to the by Samuel Pepys, Richard Griffin Braybrooke (1855)
"... for a man may buy a bill of health for a piece of eight, and any enemy may agree with the Intendent of the Santo" for ten pieces of eight or so, ..."

2. A History of the United States by Edward Channing (1908)
"The English government confirmed a Massachusetts law of 1697, thus perpetuating the Massachusetts rating for the piece of eight. In 1704 Queen Anne, ..."

3. The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde, Preserved at the Castle, Kilkenny by John Thomas Gilbert (1899)
"“ The piece commonly called the piece of Eight of Mexico or Seville,. the Mexico piece commonly called the Pillar piece, the Cross dollar and all other ..."

4. The American Historical Review by American historical association (1898)
"1702 Seville piece of eight 27.21 1704 " 27.21 1704 Fineness. ... 6 d., as the true piece of eight, that specification was not warranted by facts. ..."

5. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1847)
"In matters of trade, a heavy piece of eight passed current at 5s., but, as early as 1652, they proceeded to coin silver shillings, sixpences and ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society by American Antiquarian Society (1901)
"The Andros Records, however, define the piece of eight, which should pass for six shillings, "at 17J dwt " and further add this clause "that the prent New ..."

7. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1847)
"In matters of trade, a heavy piece of eight passed current at 5s., but, as early as 1652, they proceeded to coin silver shillings, sixpences and ..."

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