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During the period immediately after the Islamic conquest of Syria, Egypt, North Africa and Spain, the Arabs continued to use types derived from Byzantine coinage for about 60 years, after which the coinage changed to the purely inscriptional types that characterize later Islamic issues.

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Both gold and copper were struck, gold issues imitating coins of the reigns preceding Justinian II. The most common copper denomination was the fals, derived from the Byzantine follis or piece of 40 nummia. The examples shown imitate folles of Justin II.

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