Neil S Berman - Expert Numismatist & Silver Coin Dealer
Silver Coins Trade through History
The Ottomans and Persians Silver Coins
While the Byzantine Empire in the Balkans was crumbling, a new power in the form of the Ottoman state was growing stronger in Asia Minor. The Ottomans eventually conquered the Byzantine capital in 1453, creating the Ottoman Empire which lasted until the end of the First World War in 1918. Early Ottoman silver coins are the small akces. With the accession of the Safavid dynasty, Persia emerged as an independent state, also in terms of language and identity. This coincided with a shift from the use of Arabic to Persian in the coins' inscriptions. The coins now tended to employ cursive and interlaced script, radically altering the appearance of the coins.