scudo (n.)

old Italian silver coin current 17c.-19c., 1640s, Italian, literally "shield" (in reference to the device it bore), from Latin scutum "a shield," in Medieval Latin "a coin" (see escutcheon). Also compare Anglo-French scute, variant of Old French escu (see ecu) and Middle English scute "French gold coin worth about half an English noble," c. 1400, from Medieval Latin.

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