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ducat

1. any of various former European gold or silver coins, esp those used in Italy or the Netherlands
2. any coin or money

Ducat

 

a silver and, subsequently, a gold coin. It was first issued in Italy in 1140. It was minted in Florence beginning in 1252 and in Venice beginning in 1284. The ducat was widely used in Western European countries as the coin of the highest standard. It contained 3.4-3.5 g of gold. In Russia, the ducat (cheronvets) was minted from 1701 through 1885 with a content of 3.6 g of pure gold.

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Third, Peter can happen to want good, gold or silver, money at Florence for those ducats, in accordance with what they are worth at the time of their payment, say on market days in Florence.
He concludes by reminding the impresario once again that since he has supplied all the music, and since over half the performances have been completed, he should be given his 100 ducats, as well as payment for the `figliuoli' that are performing on his account (we do not know which roles the `figliuoli', or children, would have sung).
True to his promise to Bassanio, Antonio arranged to borrow three thousand ducats from Shylock, a wealthy Jew.
Not only has it made her look foolish, but I paid you fifty thousand ducats for it
A moneylender gives Peter who has Venetian money in Venice and needs a hundred ducats in Milanese money a hundred golden ducats, and will receive from the money in Venice just as much as is exchanged for it in a manual money change, and not in the style of money exchange that takes place for distant places.
It is clear, however, that were one thousand and ten ducats given to a money changer in Milan for one thousand ducats there would be no exchange of coins because a different number would be given by the one receiving and that is not within our proposition.
Peter, because of some impropriety on the part of the merchants and money changers cannot know the worth of his ducats in Florence and needs his money there, estimates a just price just as the exchanges will then be worth, not with the hope of profit.
Not only are fans facing top-tier ducats of $300 apiece for the Stones' soon-to-start tour, they're also being asked to shell out $90 a pop for the bottom-price, a k a the nosebleed seats.
Still in its early soft-launch phase, Givenik has begun gathering a long list of charities (currently ranging from Human Rights Campaign to the PS 183 PTA) to which ticketbuyers can contribute a portion of their ticket price when they buy ducats through the Givenik website.
The half pound was worked into 651/3 ducats, making each ducat contain an eighth of an ounce of gold, taking from each of the 64 ducats as many grains as necessary to fabricate one more ducat and a third of another in order to cover the mintage expenses, which made each ducat contain less than one-eighth of an ounce of gold, almost 11/2 grains less.
What had stood for 760 years has now been taken from them, when they had spent 46,000 ducats on the church, the convent and the magnificent refectory.
The question, therefore, is: when those gold coins had that value in former times, and when today, that they no longer exist, they speak of ducats in the exchanges making reference to the explained value, do they observe the equality when exchanging a ducat in Castile for a ducat in Portugal or in Flanders?