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- A gold coin of a type minted by the Republic of Venice from the 13th century, and until the 19th century widely used in trade and commerce throughout Europe, the eastern Mediterranean, and further afield; any of various similar coins minted elsewhere, especially those produced to the same standards as the Venetian coin for the purpose of facilitating international trade; a ducat. Also occasionally more generally: †a coin; a piece of money (obsolete).


late 16th century. From Italian zecchino, † zechino, (regional: Venice) zecchin gold coin of a type minted in Venice, (in extended use) any gold coin from zecca the mint at Venice + -ino

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