variants: or less commonly joannes \ jōˈ(h)anə̇s \
plural johannes also joannes

Definition of johannes

: an old Portuguese gold coin first issued in the 18th century and equivalent to 6400 reis

called also half joe

— compare dobra

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History and Etymology for johannes

after Johannes or Joannes John (or João) V †1750 king of Portugal who first issued such coins and whose name appeared on them

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“Johannes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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