Credit instrument or private receipt: T-S AS 184.329

Credit instrument or private receipt T-S AS 184.329


Receipt for a payment of 13 Kāmilī dirhams. The designation of the dirhams as Kāmilī dates the document to after 1225 CE, during the reign of the Ayyubid sultan al-Kāmil Nāṣr ad-Dīn Muḥammad (r. 1218–38 CE). Kāmilī dirhams had a relatively low silver content (roughly 33%) and were minted in order to replace black dirhams, whose production ceased in 1225 CE as part of al-Kāmil's currency reforms. For another instance of this coin, see ENA NS 19.17 (PGPID 11578).(Information from Matthew Dudley and from Warren R. Schultz, "The Circulation of Dirhams in the Bahri Period," in The Mamluks in Egyptian and Syrian Politics and Society, eds. Michael Winter and Amalia Levanoni (Leiden: Brill, 2004), 232-233)