Plural Falus. The general Arabic name for a copper coin; the name denotes any piece of money accepted by weight, though it is commonly used to indicate a particular copper issue. Possibly the name was derived from the roman Follis. See Pagoda.
The coin is very common in Morocco, where multiples of two and four Falus occur as early as the reign of Muley Soleiman (A.H. 1207-1238). Its characteristic design consists of two equilateral triangles so overlaid as to form a six-pointed star. The type was copied in other Muhammadan countries.
See Also: Fels
Source: Frey's Dictionary (American Journal of Numismatics, Vol. 50, 1916)