Coins from Kolchis
Kolchis was an ancient region on the coast of the Black Sea, centred in present-day western Georgia. Internationally, Colchis is perhaps best known for its role in Greek mythology, most notably as the destination of the Argonauts, as well as the home to Medea and the Golden fleece.

The advanced economy and favorable geographic and natural conditions of the area attracted the Milesian Greeks, who colonized the Colchian coast establishing their trading posts at Phasis, Gyenos, and Sukhumi in the sixth-fifth centuries BC. It was considered "the farthest voyage" according to an ancient Greek proverbial expression, the easternmost location in that society's known world, where the sun rose. It was situated just outside the lands conquered by Alexander the Great. Phasis and Dioscurias were the splendid Greek cities dominated by the mercantile oligarchies, sometimes being troubled by the Colchians from the hinterland before seemingly, assimilating totally.
Kolchis
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An AE unit struck 105-90 BC in Dioskourias
Obverse: caps of the Dioskouroi (pilei) surmounted by stars

Reverse: thyrsos; ΔI_OΣ / KOV_PIA / Δ_OΣ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
times of Mithradates VI Eupator
SNG BM 1021
(2) Phasis?
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An AR Hemidrachm struck c. 425-325 BC in Phasis?
Obverse: Archaic female head (Artemis Dali) right

Reverse: Head of bull right

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 2.1 g
No notes for this coin
SNG BM 1013-1018; Hind 7; HGC 7, 215
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An AR Dirham struck 1230 AD in Kutaisi?
Obverse: Bust of Christ,wearing nimbus, pallium and colobium and raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand. Greek legend: ΙC ΧI.

Reverse: Ornamented frame in the centre, Asomtavruli letters ႰႱႬ, Rusudan.

Diameter: 0 mm
Die Orientation: 9 H
Weight: 2.35 g

Georgian Asomtavruli legend on the Obverse Reads: ႱႠႾႤႪႨႧႠႶႧႨႱႨႧႠႨႽႤႣႠႵჃႬ, in the name of God, was struck in the K’oronikon 450(1230) Legend in Arabic on the Reverse Reads: ملكة الملكات جلال الدنيا والدين روسدان بنت تامار ظهير المسيح Queen of Queens, glory of the world and faith, Rusudan, daughter of Tamar, follower of the Messiah.

Bennett 210; Kapanadze 77
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An AR Dirham struck 1230 AD in Kutaisi?
Obverse: Bust of Christ,wearing nimbus, pallium and colobium and raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand. Greek legend: ΙC ΧI.

Reverse: Ornamented frame in the centre, Asomtavruli letters ႰႱႬ, Rusudan.

Diameter: 0 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 2.3 g

Double Struck on the Obverse. Georgian Asomtavruli legend on the Obverse Reads: ႱႠႾႤႪႨႧႠႶႧႨႱႨႧႠႨႽႤႣႠႵჃႬ, in the name of God, was struck in the K’oronikon 450(1230) Legend in Arabic on the Reverse Reads: ملكة الملكات جلال الدنيا والدين روسدان بنت تامار ظهير المسيح Queen of Queens, glory of the world and faith, Rusudan, daughter of Tamar, follower of the Messiah.

Bennett 210; Kapanadze 77