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MOIDORE, (a corruption of the Portuguese moeda d'ouro, literally, money of gold), the name of a gold Portuguese coin, coined from 1640 to 1732. This was of the sterling value of 133. sfd. It is the double moida d'ouro, of the value of 4800 reis in 1688, that was current in western Europe and the West Indies for a long period after it ceased to be struck. It was the principal coin current in Ireland at the beginning of the 18th century, and spread to the west of England. At the same period it was current in the West Indies, particularly in Barbados. It was rated in English money at 273.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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