Category:Coinage of the Safavid Dynasty
The Safavid Dynasty is considered the beginning of modern Persian history. They were one of the only ‘indigenous’ groups to take control of the region, and were responsible for the Shi’a Islamic character visible today. Along with the Ottomans and Mughals, they were a ‘gunpowder’ empire, and took a number of steps to reform and streamline government to create a more efficient state. In addition to Iran, their influence extended to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iraq, Georgia, Afghanistan, and portions of several other modern states.