Any of various gold coins used in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.‘This may suggest that during this period the pound was considered approximately equivalent in value to the pistole, a gold coin of Spanish or French origin.’
- ‘According to a chart published in an almanac in 1759, in New York the Spanish pistole was equivalent to £1 / 9 / 0, and the French pistole was equivalent to £1 / 8 / 0.’
Late 16th century from French, abbreviation of pistolet, in the same sense, of uncertain ultimate origin.
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