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The gold of Firoz Shah is fairly common, and six types are known. Following his predecessor’s example, he inscribed the name of the caliph on the obverse, and his own name on the reverse. Firoz associated the name of his son, Fath Khan, with his own on the coinage. Gold coins of subsequent kings are exceedingly scarce; the shortage of silver is even more apparent. Only three silver pieces of Firoz have ever come to light, but the copper coins are abundant. The coinage of Firoz is given in the following tables: Fractions of copper jital: 1 adhi (billon) = 1/2 of a jital 1 dangi (billon) = 1/4 of a jital or fulus (copper) Multiples of copper jital: 2 jitals = dugani 4 jitals = chahargani 6 jitals = shashgani 8 jitals = hastigani 10 jitals = dehgani 12 jitals = dawazdahgani 24 jitals = nisfi 25 jitals = panjgani 48 jitals = tanka (silver) The coinage of the later rulers, though abounding in varieties, is almost confined to copper and billon pieces. During the whole period, with but two exceptions, one mint name appears, Delhi. The long reign of Firoz seems to have established his coinage as a popular medium of exchange; and this probably accounts for the prolonged series of his posthumous billon coins, extending over a period of forty years. Some of these and of the posthumous issues of his son, Muhammad, and of his grandson, Mahmud were struck by Daulat Khan Lodhi and Khizr Khan. The coinage of the Lodhi family, despite the difference in standard, bears a close resemblance to that of the Sharqi kings of Jaunpur.