There is still a tradition in the island that the Venetians paid a zechin for every olive-tree that was planted.
Page 329: "zechin" was printed as "zecchino" in the Italian edition.
Certainly the florin, or zechin, as it was called later, is worth about twelve Italian lire.
1610s, name of a former Italian and Turkish gold coin, from French sequin (17c.), from Italian zecchino, name of a Venetian coin, from zecca "a mint," from Arabic sikkah "a minting die." Meaning "ornamental disc or spangle" is first recorded 1882, from resemblance to a gold coin. Related: Sequined (1890).