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PISTOLE

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 659 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PISTOLE, the French name given to a Spanish gold coin in use from 1537; it was a double escudo, the gold unit, and was worth 16s. 114d. sterling. The name was also given to the louis d'or of Louis XIII. of France, and to other European gold coins of about the value of the Spanish coin.
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