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Parrot 0.0.8 Reales - "Pieces-of-Eight"

Garrett Goebel
August 23, 2002 13:39
Parrot 0.0.8 Reales - "Pieces-of-Eight"
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Parrot 0.0.8 Reales - "Pieces of Eight"

The 1 ounce silver coins worth 8 Spanish Reales were better known as "Pieces
of Eight", and were much loved by pirates and indeed were a common currancy
the America's as late as 1850, and even in such far off places as southeast
asia. It was also known as the Spanish milled dollar, pillar dollar, and Dos
Mundos. Which as you probably know is where the U.S.A. got the name for the
American dollar, half dollar, quarter, and the neglected and forgotten bit.

1 ounce   = dollar
1/2 ounce = half dollar
1/4 ounce = quarter
1/8 ounce = bit

Parrot and pirates just seems to go together. And "Reales" would imply that
there's something 'really' substantial to 0.0.8. ...We've finally got more
than 2 bits to rub together.

Garrett Goebel
IS Development Specialist

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