Bronze stater of Radamsades (309-323 AD) with the bust of Licinius holding an eagle, dated 611 BE = 314/315 AD, Bosporus Kingdom (Anokhin #759 var. with a eagle)

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BACIΛEΩC PAΔAMCAΔOY, bust of King Radamsades wearing ribbon right, trident in front of the face, beaded circle around / Emperor Licinius' bust wearing wreath right, tamga in shape of a dident at right, AIX below (for 611 BE = 314/315 AD), all within a beaded circle. 20mm, 8.38 grams. Mint of Pantikapaion. Anokhin 759 var (without Licinius holding an eagle - this exact type with an eagle for this date  is listed on bosporan_kingdom website catalogue).

Tiberius Julius Rhadamsades, sometimes known as Rhadamsades (fl. second half of 3rd century & first half of 4th century died 323) was a prince and Roman Client King of the Bosporan Kingdom. Rhadamsades was the second born son to the Bosporan King Theothorses and an unnamed woman. He was of Greekian and Roman ancestry. His eldest brother was prince Rhescuporis VI. Around 308/309, Rhadamsades succeeded his father when he died. Rhadamsades became co-ruler with his older brother Rhescuporis VI. Rhadamsades ruled as Bosporan King with Rhescuporis VI from around 309 until his death in 323. Rhadamsades was contemporary with the Tetrarchy and Constantinian dynasty in the Roman Empire. On coins his royal title is in Greek: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΡΑΔΑΜΣΑΔΗΣ or of King Rhadamsades. During his reign, various metals were used including brass to create and mint coinage in the Bosporan. Otherwise, little is known of the life and reign of Rhadamsades. When Rhadamsades died in 323, his brother Rhescuporis VI became the sole ruler of the Bosporan.

The Bosporan Kingdom, also known as the Kingdom of the Cimmerian Bosporus, was an ancient state located in eastern Sarmatia and the Taman Peninsula, on the shores of the Cimmerian Bosporus (now known as the Strait of Kerch). It was named after the Bosphorus, also known as Istanbul Strait, a different strait that divides Asia from Europe. The Bosporan Kingdom was the longest surviving Roman client kingdom - it probably lasted until the later 4th century, when the kingdom was probably finally overrun by the Huns, who defeated the nearby Alans in 375/376 and moved rapidly westwards towards the Roman empire.

The client Kings of Bosporus minted a fascinating series of coins dated in the local era. The gold/silver/billon and copper staters showed the bust of the Roman Emperor on one side and the bust of the King of Bosporus on the other side.



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