The word "doubloon" has its roots in the Latin word "duplus", meaning double, a reference to denomination of this coin worth two escudos. These gold coins were eventually minted in four denominations, worth one, two, four, and eight escudos respectively.
Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, gold doubloons played a pivotal role in the Spanish economy and were a major part of its colonial activities. Doubloons minted in the Americas were carried on Spanish galleons throughout the Caribbean and across the world to trade for highly sought after commodities such as silks and spices. As they made their way across the vast seas and oceans, the captains of these ships were always wary of attack from marauding pirates. The pirates knew full well that if they could manage to intercept a Spanish galleon en route to its trading destination, their chances of finding gold aboard were extremely high.
Behind the scenes
- For Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, set decorator Larry Dias and his staff spent a considerable amount of time hunting for appropriate items to decorate the Isla de Muerta cave set. Dias found two manufacturers of imitation coins, one in New Orleans used to turning out trinkets for Mardi Gras, and another company in Canada. He ordered close to a million doubloons minted in three different colors, all replicas of the "piece of eight," or the Spanish silver dollar.
- In the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides screenplay, Blackbeard offered a gold doubloon to the first person who captures a mermaid during the battle at Whitecap Bay. This was cut from the final version of the On Stranger Tides movie, but it was included in the film's junior novelization.
- Jack Sparrow: The Coming Storm
- Jack Sparrow: Sins of the Father (Mentioned only)
- The Price of Freedom
- Legends of the Brethren Court: The Caribbean (Mentioned only)
- Legends of the Brethren Court: Wild Waters (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game)