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