Basil II (976-1025) and Constantine VIII (976-1028)
Images.  [17 or 22 mm]

A441 A438r A441-444
B947 G890 DO III,II, pl. XLVII
21a, 21b.1-2
A443: retrograde obverse
DO 21.b retrograde rev.
A445o A445r A445-448
Basil I
B910 G869 DO III,II Basil I
19.1 pl. XXXIII
large, AE23
So. Basil II

Sear does not attribute any coins to Cherson after Basil II, S1814. 

Type E37
18 mm. 12:00. 2.86 grams.
Anokhin 441-2
Sear 1814 (this one not retrograde)

Type E37
Retrograde obverse.
18mm. 12:00. 31.2 grams.
Anokhin 443 (retrograde variant of 441)
Sear 1814 "sometimes retrograde"  

Type E38
Basil II
21mm. 12:00. 6.74 grams.
Anokhin 445-448
Sear 1717, attributed to Basil I


Type E38
Basil II
22mm. 12:00. 5.82 grams.
Anokhin 445-448
Sear 1717, attributed to Basil I



The next coin was not minted at Cherson, but to the east on the Taman peninusla, across the straits to the Sea of Azov from Kerch/Pantikipaion. This is one of the first Russian coins.


Tmutarakan Princedom on the Taman peninsula in Russia (just east of Ukraine), one of only three "Rus" regions (Kiev, Novgorod, and these guys) to issue coins before the Mongols took over. Very rare.
Base AR20-19. 1.22 grams. 10:30.  Thin. Typical weight for these.
Imitation miliaresion with prototype one of Basil II and Constantine VIII (976-1025).
Probably minted under Price Mstislav Vladimirovic until 1024. The reverse letters of the prototype have been reproduced as square dots.
There are few references to these. One is "Golonko 8" from "Die Tamaner Gruppe der Nachahmungen Byzantinische Miliarensia" in Dona Numismatica, 1965.


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