The Coin of the Magi

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Azes I (c. 48–46 BCE – 25 BCE)

 was an Indo-Scythian ruler who completed the domination of the Scythians in northern India


Reign     c. 48–46 – 25 BCE
Predecessor     Spalirises
Successor     Azilises
Coin of Azes I (58–19 BCE).
Obv: Azes I in military dress, on a horse, with couched spear. Greek legend: BASILEOS BASILEON MEGALOU AZOU "of the Great King of Kings Azes"

The Coin of the Magi


14th century Armenian tradition identifies these

 Magi as Balthasar, King of Arabia; Melchior, King of Persia; and Gasper (or Gaspar / Caspar), King of India. Gaspar is thought to be the eldest of the kings and generally painted kneeling before Jesus in several renderings of "The Adoration of the Magi".


Magi is a term, used since at least the 4th century BC, for someone with the ability to read the stars, and manipulate the fate that the stars foretold. This is obvious from Mat 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Matthew describes them as wise men from the east. It is widely accepted that King Azes I sent three kings seeking proof of the birth and to deliver gifts for the King of Kings. The coin they used to buy the gifts would have been the solid silver drachm which was minted 58 B.C. to 19 B.C. and is now known as the "Magi Coin".




Magi as Balthasar, King of Arabia; Melchior, King of Persia; and Gasper (or Gaspar / Caspar), King of India. Gaspar