Lease of the Trepča Mine and Hâs in the Year 1585 Cover Image

Закуп рудника и хасова Трепче 1585. године
Lease of the Trepča Mine and Hâs in the Year 1585

Author(s): Srđan Katić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: Ottoman Empire; mining; lease; Trepča; silver mine

Summary/Abstract: Document presented in this paper refers to the six-year lease of Trepča mine. Upon expiration of the lease, by one of the local Christians, the new tenant, a Muslim from Novo Brdo, has offered 2 million dirhems sterling silver for the lease of the mine, and 1,610,000 akçes for the hâs lease. Mining lease was the same as before, while the rent of the hâs was increased by 1.2 million akçes. The new tenant has set a number of conditions pertaining to the appointment of members of the mining administration, hâs staff, the local kâdı, production processes and other. The document is very important for several reasons: it shows that, at that time, the greatest Ottoman mining revenues were collected in kind; that the local Christians took part in leases of the most valuable state revenues by the end of XVI century; enables reconstruction of the procedures for the lease execution and finally, proves that the Trepča mine was one of the largest mines in the Ottoman Empire in the last decades of the XVI century.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 31
  • Page Range: 109-122
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Serbian