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(a.), literally, an iron ploughshare, and an iron stamp or die used for stamping coins (see Lane, Lexicon , 1937). From the latter meaning, it came to denote the result of the stamping, i.e. the legends on the coins, and then, the whole operation of minting coins.

1. Legal and constitutional aspects.

As in the Byzantine and Sāsānid empires to which the Arab caliphate was heir, the right of issuing gold and silver coinage was a royal prerogative. Hence in the caliphate, the operation of sikka , the right of the ruler to place his name on the coinage, eventually became one of the…

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Bosworth, C.E., Darley-Doran, R.E. and Freeman-Greenville, G.S.P., “Sikka”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1076>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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