The fineness of dinar, dirham and fals during the Mamluk period

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The aim of this study is to examine the fineness of the dinars (gold coins), dirhams (silver coins) and fulus (copper coins) and factors that affected its purity during the Mamluk period. The discussions are based on modern analysis, numismatic evidence and textual sources. In order to explore the issue in detail, the article starts by explaining their history from early Mamluk period. This is followed by a discussion of the diminution of fineness of dinars, dirhams and fulus. Finally, an analysis of the factors that affected the fineness of these coins will be given. The article finds that the coins during Mamluk era were frequently in an unstable situation. Numismatic evidence attests to the fact that there were reduction of the purity of coins and their weight and also manipulation of the exchange rates due to the increasing financial needs of the government which had to cover various expenses including some for their own personal benefits. Another reason which affected the monetary system during that time was the adulteration of the coinage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1895-1900
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences Research
Volume7
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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Keywords

  • Dinar
  • Dirham
  • Fals
  • Fineness
  • Mamluk
  • Purity

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The fineness of dinar, dirham and fals during the Mamluk period. / Mujani, Wan Kamal.

In: Journal of Applied Sciences Research, Vol. 7, No. 12, 12.2011, p. 1895-1900.

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