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Title: On the Beginning of Coinage in the Cimmerian Bosporus
Author(s): KOVALENKO, Sergei A. , TOLSTIKOV, Vladimir P.
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 12 Date: 2013
The article deals with the time and circumstances of the beginning of coinage in Panticapaeum, the future capital of the Bosporan kingdom. Recent discoveries made by the archaeological expedition of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, are considered. Numismatic, archaeological and historical evidence allows the authors to conclude that the earliest Bosporan coins were being struck in the beginning of the 5th century BC. Their production was caused by the necessity to cover the expenses of the large-scale programme of public and cult building that turned Panticapaeum into a real urban centre.