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The Finds of Seljuq, Ilkhanid and Mamluk Coins in Dubrovnik

Mato Ilkić orcid id
Nikolina Topić orcid id

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This article presents very rare numismatic finds excavated on the site of the Benedictine Monastery of St Mary of Kaštel in the historic nucleus of Dubrovnik. The coins date from the end of the thirteenth―beginning of the fourteenth century and originate from Anatolia, Persia and Egypt. Although numismatic material from this site is numerous, these three finds are uncommon, as they represent the coins of Mas'ud II—the sultan of the Sultanate of Rum (Iconium), Abu Sa'id—the ruler of the Ilkhanid state and Muhammad I—the sultan of Mamluk sultanate. This archaeological material is a unique discovery in Croatia and in this part of Europe, and also confirms the lively trade and maritime contacts of Dubrovnik with very remote states in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea in which these coins circulated. The article traces the origin and the historical routes of these Islamic coins in view of their recent finding in Dubrovnik.


medieval coinage, bronze fals, Anatolia, Persia, Egypt, Black Sea, Mediterranean, Dubrovnik, Ilkhanid state, Mamluk sultanate, Sultanate of Rum

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