Tauric Chersonesos, Pantikapaion
Late 4th to 3rd Century BC
Head of bearded Pan, right
Γ-A-N, Forepart of running Griffin, left; beneath, sturgeon, left
21.18mm, 7.5g, 11h
gVF, attractive patina
ex Rusty Romans (2006)
The Tauric Chersonese (Χερσόνησος Ταυρική) meaning "Tauric Peninsula" is known today as the Crimean Penninsula. Its history began in the 5th century BC with the settlement by Greek colonies. It would remain Greek in culture for over 2,000 years before being taken over by successive different empires.