doubloon

noun
dou·bloon | \ˌdə-ˈblün \

Definition of doubloon 

: an old gold coin of Spain and Spanish America

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Its 14 floats rolled down St. Charles Avenue on Valentine's Day in 1982, with plastic hearts and the usual beads and doubloons as throws. James Karst, NOLA.com, "The star-crossed Krewe of Icarius," 12 Feb. 2018 The king, queen, captains and krewe all had different doubloons to throw. Chris Granger, NOLA.com, "Mardi Gras costumes on display in the French Quarter: Photo gallery," 13 Feb. 2018 But like that buccaneer’s life, question marks far outnumber facts and doubloons. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 Plush toys in the shape of a peacock - representing Argus - will be among the unique throws this season, joining the traditional doubloons and a variety of colorful beads. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Meet the exuberant Krewe of Argus King XXXIV Michael Maenza," 11 Feb. 2018 It is represented on Irish coins, called doubloons, and on the green flag that preceded the present day tricolor. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "St. Patrick's Day puts Irish symbols, traditions in the spotlight," 14 Mar. 2018 Shortly after her diagnosis, the family visited Disneyland and stayed in the Pirates of the Caribbean suite at Disneyland Hotel, decorated with gold doubloons and movie props. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Backyard pirate ship is sanctuary for San Marcos girl fighting leukemia," 17 Feb. 2018 What people didn’t know was that the riders of Rex were armed with 80,000 aluminum coins -- the first doubloons, and the first krewe-specific throws. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Hey, mister!: A brief history of Mardi Gras throws," 29 Jan. 2018 The silly holiday has become as popular as a chest full of Spanish doubloons since it was first conceived by two friends 22 years ago. Editors, USA TODAY, "5 Things you need to know Tuesday," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of doubloon

1622, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doubloon

Spanish doblón, augmentative of dobla, an old Spanish coin, from Latin dupla, feminine of duplus double — more at double

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