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Christmas and the Three Kings

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him" Matthew 2:1-8.

Jesus was born sometime between 6 B.C. and 4 B.C. Matthew describes King Herod as the ruler during the time of the Nativity, and Herod died in 4 B.C. Later, in order to kill Jesus and eliminate him as a rival king, Herod ordered the "Massacre of the Innocents" - the killing of all male children in Bethlehem aged two years and under. This means that Jesus may have been up to two years old already by that time, and this also sets the Nativity between 4 and 6 B.C.

On this page we list coin that were struck at the time of Jesus' birth or which relate to his birth. Most biblical scholars now believe the "Magi" probably were wise-men, not actually kings. If they were kings, the kings on the coins below are among the most likely visitors.


Antioch, Seleukis and Pieria, Syria, 13 - 14 A.D., The "Star of Bethlehem Coin"

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Michael Molnar, an astronomer, believes this coin depicts Jupiter's occultation of Aries in 6 B.C., the most probable "Star of Bethlehem."
RY09127. Bronze AE 20, McAlee 99; RPC I 4269; SNG Cop 98; BMC Galatia p. 159, 65, VF, weight 6.32 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, Legatus Augusti Pro Praetore Silanus, 13 - 14 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse EΠI ΣIΛANOY ANTIOCEΩN, ram running right, looking back, star above, ∆M (year 44 Actian Era) below; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Ardashir II, c. 50 - 1 B.C.

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SH06330. Silver drachm, Alram IP 570/573, aEF/VF, weight 3.82 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 325o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 50 - 1 B.C.; obverse crowned king right, dot within crescent and other symbols behind; reverse king right of fire altar holding scepter, Aramaic legend around; nicely toned, some earthen fill on reverse; SOLD


Parthian Empire, Phraatakes V, 2 B.C. - 4 A.D.

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Struck at the time of Jesus' birth.
SH57274. Silver drachm, Shore 319 (this coin), Sellwood 56.13, SNG Cop -, aEF, toned, weight 3.845 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Mithradatkart mint, 2 B.C. - 4 A.D.; obverse diademed and draped bust left, pointed beard, three diadem ends, star in crescent before, Nike flying behind crowning him with wreath; reverse degraded legend, Archer enthroned right, bow in extended right, fire altar behind, Mithradatkart mint mark monogram (T/M/Θ) under throne; this is the plate coin in Fred B. Shore's Parthian Coins and History; SOLD


Qataban, South Arabia, Unknown Ruler, Late 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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The Qatabanian Kingdom seems to have come into existence around 500 B.C. and endured until around the beginning of the Christian Era. Timna, the capital of ancient Qataban, was near modern Hajar Kohlan in Yemen. It was an important hub in the incense route which supplied Arabian and Indian incense via camel caravan to ports on the Mediterranean Sea.
SH63568. Silver hemidrachm, Huth 367; HGC 10 -, VF, tight flan (as always for this type), weight 1.943 g, maximum diameter 12.4 mm, die axis 0o, Timna mint, late 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse bare head right with curly short hair, uncertain legend; reverse male head right with neatly trimmed short beard and hair rolled, uncertain legend above, royal Qatabanian monogram behind neck, control monograms below and before; very rare; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Vahshir, c. 50 - 1 B.C.

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SH06328. Silver drachm, Alram IP 579, EF, weight 3.79 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 270o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 50 - 1 B.C.; obverse diademed bust left, closed crescent before; reverse king right of fire altar, Aramaic legend around; spots of hornsilver on obverse; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Ardashir II, c. 50 - 1 B.C.

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SH06331. Silver drachm, Alram IP 570/573, EF, weight 3.89 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 90o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 50 - 1 B.C.; obverse crowned king right, dot within crescent and other symbols behind; reverse king right of fire altar holding scepter, Aramaic legend around; SOLD


Antioch, Seleukis and Pieria, Syria, 55 - 56 A.D.

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Michael Molnar, an astronomer, believes this coin depicts Jupiter's occultation of Aries in 6 B.C., the most probable "Star of Bethlehem." We think it is unlikely; nevertheless, the type is very popular and somewhat expensive.
GB92017. Bronze trichalkon, McAlee 100 (rare); RPC I 4286 (6 spec.); SNG Cop 99; BMC Galatia p. 160, 69 var. (star within crescent), VF, black patina with orange earthen highlights, scratches, weight 5.190 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, reign of Nero, legate series, 55 - 56 A.D.; obverse ANTIOXEΩN, veiled and turreted head of Tyche right; reverse EΠI KOYA∆PATOY, ram leaping right, looking back, star above (no crescent), ET ∆P (year 104 of the Caesarean Era) below; ex CNG e-auction 234 (9 Jun 2010), lot 162 (realized $250 plus fees); this type is nicknamed "The Star of Bethlehem Coin"; rare; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Vahshir, c. 50 - 1 B.C.

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SH06329. Silver drachm, Alram IP 582/85, Choice EF, weight 3.83 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 50 - 1 B.C.; obverse diademed bust left; reverse King left of fire altar holding scepter, Aramaic legend around; SOLD


Nabataean Kingdom, Aretas IV, 9 B.C. - 40 A.D.

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Aramaic is read from right to left and vowels are unwritten. The letters of the reverse legend read, HRTT / SQY/LT. Aretas married Shuqailat, his second wife, in 16 A.D.
SH52149. Bronze AE 18, Meshorer Nabataean 114, SNG ANS 1438 ff., EF, weight 4.483 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Petra mint, 16 - 40 A.D.; obverse jugate, laureate and draped busts of Aretas IV and Shuqailat right, het (Aretas) left, shin (Shuqailat) right; reverse two cornucopias crossed and filleted, Aramaic legend, "Aretas, Shuqailat" in two lines above and one below; SOLD


Antioch ad Orontem, Seleucis and Pieria, Syria, c. 55 - 58 A.D.

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Michael Molnar, an astronomer, believes this coin depicts Jupiter's occultation of Aries in 6 B.C., the most probable "Star of Bethlehem." We think it is unlikely; nevertheless, the type is very popular and somewhat expensive.
RY57094. Bronze trichalkon, cf. McAlee 101 ff.; BMC Galatia p. 160, 69 ff.; SNG Cop 99 ff., VF, weight 5.275 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, reign of Nero. c. 55 - 58 A.D.; obverse ANTIOXEΩN, turreted and veiled head of Tyche right; reverse EΠI KOYA∆PATOY, ram leaping right, looking back, star and crescent above, date (partially off flan) below; this type is nicknamed "The Star of Bethlehem Coin"; SOLD




  




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