Fals

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This article is about the coin. For the town in France, see Fals, Lot-et-Garonne. For the Indonesian singer-songwriter, see Iwan Fals.
A fals minted in Damascus between 696 and 750
Fals from the Samanid Empire minted in Bukhara, 353 AH (964 AD). Diameter 22 mm, weight 2,1 gr.

The fals (plural fulus) was a medieval copper coin first produced by the Umayyad caliphate (661-750) beginning in the late 7th century. The name is a corruption of follis, a Roman and later Byzantine copper coin. The fals usually featured ornate Arabic script on both sides. Various copper fals were produced until the 19th century. Their weight varied, from one gram to ten grams or more. The term is still used in modern spoken Arabic for money, but pronounced 'fils'.[1]

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  1. ^ Stephen Album, Checklist of Islamic Coins, Santa Rosa, CA, 2011, third edition, p. 7