This paper expands the symposium theme of “Coinage in Transition: The Numismatics of Dynastic Change in the Islamic World,” for it does not address a change in coinage due to dynastic turnover, but rather one brought about during a tumultuous struggle to rule within a regime. This regime was the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria (c. 648-922 H/1250-1517 CE), where rulership was often vigorously contested. In the year 815/1412, a new type of silver coinage was introduced in the Mamluk domains in the midst of one such episode. This new style of dirham proved to be long-lasting as it endured beyond the end of the sultanate and into the Ottoman era. Despite this longevity of this style, the coins of this caliph/sultan have been understudied, no doubt in part due to their relative scarcity. Several new specimens are now available for study, which provide additional information about this important and rare coinage.
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Warren C. Schultz, The Silver Coinage of the Mamluk Caliph and Sultan al-Musta'in bi'llah (815/1412), in Bruno Callegher e Arianna D'Ottone (a cura di): "The 2nd Simone Assemani symposium on islamic coins", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010, pp. 210-219