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It was to no purpose that Sambuc appealed to Ducat and Cabasse to confirm his statement.

I set a ducat on the table, and going to the door I called my hostess.

And with a splendid gesture I pointed to the ducat gleaming on the table.

The pathic took my ducat, kissed my hand, and they all departed.

This did not inspire me with confidence, so I only punted a ducat at a time.

An ounce of Barbary is worth about 6d., and a ducat is worth about 5s.

So they gave the old woman a dish full of gold, but she took only one ducat.

If his grandmother sent him a ducat Crisenius pocketed a florin.

He had put in six hundred dollars when every dollar was a ducat.

At midnight I walked away with George Lamb, and went—where for a ducat?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French ducat (late 14c.), from Italian ducato (12c.), from Medieval Latin ducatus "coin," originally "duchy," from dux (genitive ducis) "duke" (see duke (n.)).

So called for the name or effigy of Roger II of Sicily, Duke of Apulia, which first issued the coins (c.1140). Byzantine emperor Constantine X had the Greek form doux struck on his coins during his reign (1059-1067). Over the years it was a unit of currency of varying value in Holland, Russia, Austria, Sweden, Venice, etc. Remained popular in slang for "money" or "ticket" from its prominence in "The Merchant of Venice."

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