Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Once more into the Broach: The Mamluk Coins from Codrington, JRASBB, 1881-82

Sep 12, 2022, 5:00 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall D

Auditorium Maximum - Hall D


Warren Schultz (DePaul University, Chicago)


In 1882 a hoard of 448 gold dinars and fragments, and approximately 1200 silver dirhams and fragments was found in Bharuch, India. Prior to dispersal, these coins were studied by Codrington who published a partial catalogue. Most of these coins were from the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria, and many were subsequently incorporated into the foundational work of Mamluk numismatics, Paul Balog’s Coinage of the Mamluk Sultans in Egypt and Syria (1964). In the 140 years since Codrington’s article and the many decades since Balog’s book appeared, our knowledge of Mamluk numismatics has expanded tremendously. In this paper I reexamine these coins in light of this development by providing some new identifications, corrections to Balog’s transfer of this data into his corpus, the incorporation of this evidence into an updated understanding of the metrology of Mamluk precious metal coinage, and an updated catalog list with links to modern works.

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Warren Schultz (DePaul University, Chicago)

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