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Mithqal

Mithqāl (Arabic: مثقال‎‎) is a unit of mass equal to 4.25 grams and mostly used for precious metals (mostly for weighing gold and Saffron).

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The name was also applied as an alternative term for the gold dinar, a coin that was used throughout much of the Islamic world from the 8th century onward and survived in parts of Africa until the 19th century. The name of Mozambique's currency since 1980, the metical, is derived from mithqāl.

Etymology

From Arabic: مثقال‎‎ (mithqāl, “weight, unit of weight”), from Arabic: ثقل‎‎ (thaqala, “to weigh”). Other variants of the unit in English include miskal (from Persian or Urdu Arabic: مثقال‎‎ [misqāl]), mithkal, mitkal, and mitqal.

Conversion factors

An Indian mithqāl contains 4 maashas and 3½ rata'ii.

"Mithqal" in another more modern calculation is as follows:

1 Mithqāl = 19 nākhuds

1 Mithqāl = 3.642 g = 0.117 oz

9 Mithqāls = 32.778 g = 1.054 oz

19 Mithqāls = 69.198 g = 2.225 oz

95 Mithqāls = 349.99 g = 11.125 oz

References

Mithqal Wikipedia


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