Zanetti (i. 450) states that this was the name given to the Thaler of the Low Countries in the Levant during the seventeenth century. A simi- lar designation, Aslani, meaning a lion, was used in the Ottoman Empire to desig- nate this coin, the allusion being, of course, to the prominent figure of a lion on the obverse.
Source: Frey's Dictionary (American Journal of Numismatics, Vol. 50, 1916)