MAIASK. 2018. No. 10

M.M. Choref (Nizhnevartovsk, Russia)

Nulla salus bello est, or Chersonesus under Mithridates VI EUpator Dionysius: by Numismatic Data


DOI: 10.24411/2219-8857-2018-00017


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The Civil Community of Chersonesus voluntarily recognized the dependence of his polis on the Kingdom of Pontus at the end of the 2nd century BCE. Its Decision was reflected in mint. Bronze dichalkoi with the bust of Helios on the obverse and with the Cornucopia and with Dioscuri Caps on the reverse were released in Chersonesus. They were minted under the control of the nomophylakes Heraclides. Under him, the relations between Pontus and Chersonesus were built based on the Agreement on Symmachia. Governor Demetrius ruled Chersonesus later. He released the drachma with images of the Parthenos on the obverse and the reverse. These coins went into circulation during the period of acute shortage of means of payment in Chersonesus, caused by the struggle of Bithynia and Pontus for Cappadocia in 103/102 BCE. The mint in Chersonesus ceased for a while after Demetrius. The influx of foreign coins decreased. The economy of Chersonesus suffered from the down turn in foreign trade caused by the wars waged by Mithridates VI Eupator Dionysius. The city resumed mint only during the uprising in 63 BCE. The tetrachalkoi of Agathon entered into circulation then. He commanded the local garrison under Mithridates VI Eupator Dionysius. Agathon became the Tyrant of Chersonesus as the result of the revolt of 63 BCE.


Key words: history, numismatics, economics, Chersonesus, Pontic Period.


Received November 9, 2018
Accepted for publication December 2, 2018


About the author:

Choref Mikhail Mikhailovich (Nizhnevartovsk, Russia). Candidate of Historical Sciences, Senior Researcher at the Regional Historical Research Laboratory, Nizhnevartovsk State University