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This paper investigates the copper money system of the Late Mamluk period (1468-1517) using numismatic and textual evidence from Cairo. Numismatic evidence is associated with contemporary chronicle reports of recoinages and devaluations of the copper currency, which serves to explain how the various issues of copper money (fulūs) were issued and how they related to each other. This investigation provides evidence for the dating of one undated coin type, explains the function of the variety of types in the copper coinage, and establishes the basis for determining the monetary policy of the period and the public responses to that policy.

Cet article est consacré au système monétaire de cuivre de l'époque mamelouke tardive (1468-1517), étudié à travers des sources numismatiques et des textes du Caire. La documentation numismatique est ainsi mise en relation avec des chroniques contemporaines faisant état des refrappes et des dévaluations de la monnaie de cuivre, ce qui permet d'expliquer dans quelles conditions il a été procédé aux diverses émissions de monnaie de cuivre (fulūs) et comment celles-ci sont liées les unes aux autres. Cette étude permet de dater un type monétaire non daté, explique la fonction de la variété des types au sein du monnayage de cuivre et établit les fondements servant à déterminer la politique monétaire de la période étudiée et les réactions du public à cette politique.


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