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Title: Production of Dirhams at the Mint of Damascus (Dimashq) in the First Four Centuries of Islam and the Question of Near Eastern Metallic Zones
Authors: Kovalev, Roman K.
Keywords: DirhamsDamascusUmayyadAbbāsidIkhshīdid
Issue Date: 27-Jan-2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Roman K. Kovalev "Production of Dirhams at the Mint of Damascus (Dimashq) in the First Four Centuries of Islam and the Question of Near Eastern Metallic Zones" in Bruno Callegher and Arianna D'Ottone (eds.) "The 4th Simone Assemani symposium on Islamic coins", Trieste, 26/27 September 2014, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2015. (Polymnia : numismatica antica e medievale. Studi, 9) pp.297-336
Series/Report no.: Polymnia: Numismatica antica e medievale. Studi
09
Abstract: All examination of 159 hoards with 1822 dirhams minted at Damascus during the first four centuries of Islam sheds much light on a number of important questions regarding the economic history of the Near East during the Umayyad, 'Abbasid, and Ikhshidid eras. Using the hoard-count method of estimating mint outputs, it has been determined that the Damascus mint was significantly active only during the Umayyad period, a time when the city was the capital of the caliphate. Having no local silver mines and lacking revenue transfers from the provinces after 127 H, Damascus was, at best, a marginal mint for the production of dirhams. However, because Syria and the eastern Mediterranean region in general fell into a gold-copper metallic zone during the period in question, it is surprising that Damascus was at all an important mint when the city was the capital of the Islamic world.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/12050
ISBN: 978-88-8303-683-5
eISBN: 978-88-8303-684-2
Appears in Collections:09 The 4th Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Coins

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