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Minting House: Its Emergence, Work, Management

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Abstract The Islamic state witnessed an economic life full of versatile economic activities. The monetary power was the corner stone of this economy. Islamic coins were of the finest types in the world, thanks to God. During their issuance, the coins were subjected to what was known in the rise of Islamic science as the "Coining House," and was known in its fall as the "Minting House". This term was chosen as the title of this study, as it is broader and more comprehensive. It entails the meaning of "coins" and their stamps. It is also the name of the image minted on the coin" and recently, it was used as the name of the "profession". Due to the lack of research in this field, in my opinion, the researcher thought that we must write on and participate in enriching the science of coining, especially the "Minting House" which we lack knowledge about, because most of the writings of scholars on coins has focused on the partial and detailed analysis of the purely technical aspects. Therefore, we chose to write on the subject entitled "Minting House: its emergence, work, and management". It is clear from the title that this study is divided into three sections; the first dealing with the emergence of coining houses since the stage of Arabization. The study does not address all the established houses, but is limited to models from the Islamic World in order to stress the authenticity of these houses. The second section, however, was devoted to providing a summary of the most important works of minting houses, the most important of which was manufacturing coins to meet the needs of the state and people alike. This matter was not explored further as it is purely technical; instead, conveying the important works of minting houses was a priority. The third section revolved around the administrative and technical bodies that supervised the Minting House. The former performed administrative task; supervising and monitoring work flow, while the latter was the one reasonable for the production of coins. However, the administrative and technical bodies complement each other within a single mission.


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