BACIΛEΩC TEIPANOY, bust of King Teiranes right, all within a beaded circle / Laureate and draped bust of Emperor Tacitus right, BOФ below (for 572 Bosphoran Era = 275/276 AD), all within a beaded circle. 21mm, 7.36 grams. Mint of Pantikapaion. Anokhin #726.
Tiberius Julius Teiranes, possibly known as Gaius Julius Teiranes or Teiranes (fl. 3rd century died 279) was a prince and Roman Client King of the Bosporan Kingdom. Teiranes was the third born son to the Bosporan King Rhescuporis V and his mother was an unnamed woman. He was of Greek and Roman ancestry. His first brother was prince Pharsanzes and second brother was prince Synges. Teiranes succeeded his second brother Synges, who died around 276 as the third co-ruler with their father Rhescuporis V. Later in 276, Teiranes father died and he succeeded Rhescuporis V. Teiranes ruled as Bosporan King from around 276 until his death in 279.
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.