History and the monetary business of the antique cities of Tauria
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Kerkinitida - is the earliest of the ancient city of the North-West Taurika. It appeared on the border of VI - V BC and was located on the place of the modern city Evpatoria. It is unknown by the emigrants of what Greek police Kerkinitida was founded. There are two hypotheses. According to one version the city was founded by Dorians (Herakleia Pontika), to the other - by the unknown Ionian city-state.

Up to the middle of IV BC the city was a small independent city -state and later it became a member of Chersonessos city-state. In II BC it was captured by the Skyths. During the second campaign of Diophantus (the end of II BC) Kerkinitida was taken after the siege and returned to Chersonessos. According to the archeological finds it was ascertained that life in the city ended on the border of II - III AD.

In the second half of V BC Kerkinitida, by analogy with Olbia, issued the primitive cast coins in the form of arrows and fish which replaced the state cast coins - Kerkinitida's "ass". In IV - III BC the city minted its own copper coin with its name on it. The inclusion of Kirkinitida in a structure of the state of Chersonessos had some sad consequences for the city - it ceased its existence as a city-state, stopped minting coins, appeared in a condition of a manufacturing appendage.

Chersonessos - is an antique city on the territory of the South-West Taurika, within the precincts of the modern cities Sevastopol. It was founded in V BC by the settlers from Herakleia Pontika, the only Dorian colony in the Northern Black Sea Coast.

Up to the middle of IV BC it remained a small city. Then the expansion of Chersonessos to the fertile flat regions of the North-West Crimea began. It was accompanied by the subordination of Kerkinitida and the creation of numerous fortifications of Chersonessos. The formation of the Skyth's state in the Crimea in III BC resulted in aggravation of the relations between Skyths and Chersonessos. The interference of Mithradates VI Eupator saved Chersonessos from the Skyth's rout but the city was included in a mandatory power of Pontos of Mithradates.

After the death of Mithradates (63 year BC) Chersonessos was in political and economic dependence on the Bosporos state. From the second half of I AD there was a Roman garrison in the city. After the division of the Roman Empire into two parts in the end of IV AD Chersonessos came into a sphere of influence of the Eastern Roman empire. Unlike the many other Greek cities of the North Pontos, Chersonessos did not lost on the border between the antiquity and the Middle ages. The beginning of the caulking of Chersonessos dated from IV BC. Later on Chersonessos issued silver and copper coins circulating in the internal market. From I BC the coins from Pontos, Paphlagonia and Bosporos started to take part in money circulation of Chersonessos, and in I - II AD the inflow of Roman coins grew in momentum . In the end of III AD the antique Chersonessos ceased the caulking of its own coins.