Famed for Homer, the Troas is a historical region in north-western Anatolia.
Its strategic position at the Hellespont, the cross-roads between west and east, as well as between
north and south, was responsible not only for the wealth of the local Greek communities but also for
their turbulent history. In Greek and Roman times, twenty five different mints were active in the region,
including the island of Tenedos.
Our choice for the September 2020 COM fell on Assos, an Aeolic Greek city in the southern Troad founded from Methymna. Although the city’s importance was not always great, its harbour drove trade from antiquity till the late 19th century, while its exceptionally well preserved fortifications and theatre continue to attract tourists from all over the world.
The Coin of this Month is presented by Vladimir F. Stolba