Coins from Bosporan Kingdom
The Bosporan Kingdom was an ancient kindom centred around the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, known in antiquity as the Cimmerian Bosporus from where the kingdom's name derived.

The 1st and 2nd centuries BC saw a period of renewed golden age of the Bosporan state. It was a Roman province from 63 to 68 AD, under Emperor Nero. At the end of the 2nd century AD, King Sauromates II inflicted a critical defeat on the Scythians and included all the territories of the Crimea in the structure of his state.

The prosperity of the Bosporan Kingdom was based on the export of wheat, fish and slaves.

Bosporan Kingdom

(1) Caligula | Aspurgus 37-38 AD
AE 12 Units Pantikapaion
Obverse: ΓAIOY KAIΣAΡOΣ ΓEΡMANIKOY, Bare head of Caligula facing right
Reverse: No inscription, Head of King Aspurgus facing right, wearing diadem; BAP monogram and IB in fields
Ref: RPC I 1904
(2) Sauromates I 117-123 AD
AE unit Scythia
Obverse: BACIΛЄωC CAYPOMATOY / bust of king right
Reverse: MH / round shield with spear; horses head and axe in field to left; helmet and sword in field to right
Ref: Anokhin (Bosporus 1986) 464
(3) Sauromates II 174-210 AD
Obverse: BACILEWC CAVPOMATOV / bust of king right
Reverse: Aphrodite seated left on throne, holding apple. Star to the upper right
Ref: None provided