dubbeltje, noun2

Forms:
dubbeltjie, dubbletieShow more Also dubbeltjie, dubbletie, dublejee, dubleke, duppeltje.
Origin:
DutchShow more Dutch, literally ‘little double one’.
historical
Either of two coins used at the Cape of Good Hope at various times:
1. The two-stuiver piece used during the rule of the Dutch East India Company, and worth about twopence. See also stiver.
Note:
The Zulu word for ‘penny’ is indiblishi, an adaptation of ‘dubbeltje’.
1691 Dr Browne in R. Raven-Hart Cape G.H. 1652–1702 (1971) II. 388They value noe monie except it bee a skilling or a dubleke with which they buy brandie or tobacco from the Dutch.
1925 H.J. Mandelbrote tr. of O.F. Mentzel’s Descr. of Cape of G.H. II. 65When barred at the gate by a group of men with drawn swords, they gave each a duppeltje, i.e., 2 stuivers! The men had to hide their chagrin and let them pass.
2. The English penny piece, used in South Africa during the late 18th century and the 19th century, at a value of two stuivers, or twopence; doublejee sense 1. Cf. oulap noun.
1821 C.I. Latrobe Jrnl of Visit 240I presented him with a few doppelgens (penny-pieces).
1972 Daily Dispatch 5 Apr. 12With the first British occupation of the Cape in 1795 two coins were introduced to help relieve the shortage of small money. One was the ‘Dubbeltjie’ — the British twopenny piece, also known as the ‘Cartwheel’. It got its name because it was declared current at two stuivers.
The two-stuiver piece used during the rule of the Dutch East India Company, and worth about twopence.
The English penny piece, used in South Africa during the late 18th century and the 19th century, at a value of two stuivers, or twopence; doublejee1.

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