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« on: June 19, 2012, 03:33:03 pm »
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Let me tell you about the place, which is connected with the history of my best finds of... It is the ruins of the ancient city of Chersonese.  Megarian Greeks from Heraclea Pontica in 528 BC established their trading factory on the of what is known today as Karantinnaya bay.  On the fields outside the city they grew wheat and grapes, and grazzed cattle.  Port Chersonesus welcomed ships from many different countries.  The city rapidly developed into a prosperous and wealthy community.

The streets and public places were decorated with statues of gods and of Heracles, the famous hero who was believed to be the city's guardian and patron.  New and attractive houses were soon built, as well as several market places and a theatre.  Having brought under its control the entire western coast of Crimea, Chersonese became a large center of trade, crafts, and culture.


 Mighty walls and towers defended the city from the ferocious Scythians who never succeded in capturing it.  It was only in the 10th century AD when Chersonese first surrendered to the army of the Kievan prince Vladimir who converted into Christianity here.  In the 13-14 th centuries the Tatar invasion put an end to this glorious city which had existed on the Crimean land for 2500 years.


Posted on: June 19, 2012, 03:31:39 PM
Already in 390-380 BC Chersonese mints its own coin, and this is the illustration for not only advanced trade, but also for a high level of metal-working that appreciably determine a level of all other crafts. On the first picture you can see the ruins of the ancient Mint where you can make your own souvenir coins. But it is not of interest for the true treasure hunters... Exactly a month after I went to this incredible place I was lucky to find two rare coins of "Chersonesus Taurica" which I'm very proud of.

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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2012, 05:47:51 pm »
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 Great nice finds Antony , you are lucky to be able to search places with such interesting history . cheers Mick

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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2012, 07:31:21 pm »
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Very nice.  Thanks for sharing what few of us will ever get the opportunity to see first hand.  Appreciate the background too.

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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 01:16:57 am »
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nice finds Antony , you are lucky to be able to search places with such interesting history . cheers Mick

It is not difficult because I live in the town, which is going to mark its 25 - century anniversary... Eupatoria (Russian: Евпатория, Ukrainian: Євпаторія, Tatar: Kezlev), also known as Yevpatoria or Evpatoria, as pronounced in Russian and Ukrainian, is a town in the Crimea.  The original settlement, called Kerkinitida, was built by Greek colonists around 500 BC.  Along with the rest of the Crimea, Eupatoria was part of the dominions of Mithridates VI, King of Pontus, from whose nickname, "Eupator", the city's modern name derives. In the 4th century BC Kerkinitida became a part of Chersonese state. So here you can still find coins of this ancient city, which I told you.
The past and present are intertwined in Eupatoria in a quaint manner. People of different religious and ethnic backgrounds have lived together for centuries in peace...

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Very nice.  Thanks for sharing what few of us will ever get the opportunity to see first hand.  Appreciate the background too.

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2012, 06:36:03 pm »
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Hello Antony

Hmm see what happens when I am away for a time. Interesting posts slip buy. I did not realise Greek influence had pushed that far east. So you learn some thing new every day. How trade had such  Major impact on the social exchanges in the region..

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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2012, 08:26:07 pm »
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Hi Antony

As all ways you post make for some very interesting reading thanks for posting and looking forward to you next

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