Tomis — A settlement in Moesia also known as Constantiana
Tomis is a city in Moesia. According to Jordanes (after Cassiodorus), the foundation of the city was ascribed to Tomyris the queen of the Massagetae.

In 29 BC the Romans captured the region from the Odryses, and annexed it as far as the Danube, under the name of Limes Scythicus ("Scythian Frontier").

In AD 8, the Roman poet Ovid (43 BC-17) was banished here by Augustus and it was where he spent the remaining eight years of his life. He laments his exile in Tomis in his poems: Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto. Tomis was "by his account a town located in a war-stricken cultural wasteland on the remotest margins of the empire".

Tomis was later renamed to Constantiana in honour of Constantia, the half-sister of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (274-337).

Modern location: Constanta, Romania
(1) Tomis
An AE unit struck c. 80-100 AD in Tomis
Obverse: head of Zeus right

Reverse: eagle left with head right; TO MI TΩ N ( legend not visible)

Diameter: 20 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.77 g
No notes for this coin
RPC II, 412B; Moushmov 1750