Everyone is collecting doubloons on TikTok, but how do you get them?
Doubloons are a virtual currency that people on the app are putting in a bank and using to purchase fictional items and trade with each other.
The money, which is based on real Spanish gold coins called doubloons, isn’t actually real, but the silly meme has taken over TikTok nonetheless.
If you want to join in with the bizarre trend, read on to find out how to get some doubloons…
How to get doubloons on TikTok
You get doubloons when you are given them on TikTok.
All you have to do is scroll through your TikTok For You page until you find a video that is offering you free doubloons.
However, you can’t purposely search for doubloon videos in TikTok’s search bar and collect coins that way and that is cheating.
Once you’ve got doubloons, you should keep a virtual record of them and put them in a ‘bank’. People usually just write how many they have in their phone notes.
After that, you can use them to interact with other TikTok users and buy things. However, you can also get into doubloon debt.
The doubloon cat gives out coins
The doubloons are often given to you by a cat who is some kind of doubloon god. It’s all a bit strange, but TikTok users are running wild with the idea.
A cat pops up and says “hello traveller” before gifting you a certain number of coins depending on how far you’ve “travelled”.
The feline can also show you a series of items and charge you for the products, taking doubloons from you and reducing the number in your bank.
These cat videos are usually set to the soundtrack from the video game My Singing Monsters and are made by fellow TikTok users.
Remember, it’s role play, the doubloons and items are all imaginary and you’re not actually buying or selling anything.
Doubloons are real Spanish coins
On TikTok, doubloons are entirely fictional, but they are actually based on a real gold Spanish coin that was used in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Doubloons were made of 6.766 grams of 22-karat gold and made in Spain but used across modern-day Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela.
They were carried on ships across the Caribbean and traded for products like silks and spices. One doubloon was worth around four Spanish dollars or 32 reales.
The coins are often associated with pirates who used to attack the Spanish ships and steal the gold doubloons, and they’re mentioned in Pirates of the Caribbean.