PotC Wiki

Piece of eight (item)

2,674pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Add New Page Talk0
This article is about the trinkets of the Pirate Lords. You may be looking for the Spanish silver money of the same name.
Nine Pieces of Eight
Object information

The First Brethren Court[1]


The nine Pirate Lords


Pirate Lord
Brethren Court

Behind the scenes
First appearance

At World's End

Last appearance

At World's End


Destroyed in order to free Calypso.

"To confirm your Lordship and right to be heard, present now your pieces of eight, my fellow cap'ns."
Hector Barbossa during the Fourth Brethren Court[src]

The Nine Pieces of Eight, often referred to as just pieces of eight, were an important symbol in Pirate Lore as the items owned by the Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court.


"Those aren't pieces of eight, they're just pieces of junk!"
"Aye, the original plan was to use nine pieces of eight to bind Calypso, but when the First Court met, the Brethren were, to a one skint broke."
"So change the name."
"What? To 'Nine Pieces of Whatever-We-Happen-to-Have-in-Our-Pockets-at-the-Time?' Oh yes, that sounds very piratey.
Pintel and Joshamee Gibbs[src]
MR Jack beads

Jack Sparrow's unique piece of eight.

Each of the nine Pirate Lords agreed to hold a piece of eight to be presented during a meeting of the Brethren Court, though the term came to apply to a variety of items and trinkets as the pirates found themselves short on money, simply keeping the original term as it sounded more 'piratey'. Each piece of eight reflected something about the lord who possessed the piece, and altogether, the nine pieces were used to bind the sea goddess Calypso to a human form, after Davy Jones informed the Brethren on how to capture her.


The nine pieces of eight burned to release Calypso.

Pieces of eight were used to call the Brethren Court to assemble at Shipwreck Cove. The sea shanty Hoist the Colours was called forth by Hector Barbossa and sung at Fort Charles during Lord Cutler Beckett's drive to eradicate piracy on the Seven Seas, and the coins reverberated with the song. The nine pieces of eight were burned as part of the incantation to release Calypso prior to the Pirate Lords' battle against the East India Trading Company.

Pieces of eight of the Pirate Lords

"A piece of eight. Nine of them, you say?"
"Our new friend in Singapore was very specific, sir.
Nine pieces of eight."
"What's the significance of that, I wonder?
Cutler Beckett and Ian Mercer[src]

Behind the scenes

  • Original pieces of eight, also known as Spanish dollars, were first made after a Spanish currency reform in 1497. Each piece of eight was made of silver, and had worth of eight reales.
  • During the Third Brethren Court, a pirate thief named Tartaglia attempted to use the Timekeeper as a false Piece of Eight to fool the assembled Pirate Lords into thinking he was one of them. His plan failed and the third Brethren Court ended in violence.
  • In the first screenplay draft of At World's End, Capitaine Chevalle's piece of eight was Magellan's ring, which he lost to Cutler Beckett in the game of cards in the South China Sea some years prior to the Fourth Brethren Court.


Notes & references

  1. The nine pieces of eight were created when the Pirate Lords bounded Calypso to human form, which occurred during the First Brethren Court.

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki