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Title: The Christian Coinage of Early Muslim Syria?
Author(s): ODDY, Andrew
Journal: ARAM Periodical
Volume: 15    Date: 2003   
Pages: 185-196
DOI: 10.2143/ARAM.15.0.504534

Abstract :
The article deals with a specific kind of coinage from Greater Syria from the seventh century (after the Muslim conquest), that can be described as “barbarous folles imitating the coinage of Heraclius [AD 610-641]”. These coins were attributed to “civic minting” in a number of towns as their stylistic diversity suggests the unlikelihood of production by a central authority. They were probably made by Byzantine Christians who found the need to augment dwindling supplies of regular official Byzantine coins in order to facilitate commerce.

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