Economy of Ancient Persia
Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853 to 1942 ACE), an English Egyptologist and a pioneer of systematic methodology in archaeology and preservation of artefacts mentioned, 

“The Union of the Persian (Achaemenid) Kingdom, mightiest known in the world till then, rested upon vast gold reserve, the central store being 200 tonnes of gold which was five times as much as the reserve of Germany (in around 1923)…..”
These gold reserves were built through the systematic taxation plan of the Persian Government and not by plundering the subject nations like some of the other monarchies. 
The outlook of the Persian Zoroastrian Kings towards their subjects was clear since the time Cyrus the Great declared the first ever charter of human rights but that was just the beginning.

The Persians used their gold reserves to boost trade and commerce and increase the overall prosperity of the empire. Royal roads and secured trade routes with rest stations were built and weights and measures were standardized. 
All subject nations were allowed to follow their own religions and funds were sanctioned from Persian gold reserves to help them build their temples and sanctuaries. 
The Achaemenid Persian Empire was in many ways much ahead of most of the empires that preceded and followed them. 
Long live the glory of the Persian Kings!


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