Journey of the Magi / Azes II silver, NGC Certified(MG)

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  • Journey of the Magi / Azes II silver, NGC Certified(MG)
  • Journey of the Magi / Azes II silver, NGC Certified(MG)
Journey of the Magi / Azes II silver, NGC Certified(MG)

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  • Order Code: AZESII(AR)NGC
  • Grade/Condition: (MG) Medium grade
  • Weight/Dimensions: 39.3 g | 3.4 x 2.4 x 0.4
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Magi is a Latin word deriving from an Old Persian term for the Zoroastrian priestly caste; the English word magic derives from it. It is likely that the Magi were astrologers, highly regarded in that era. Scholars now believe the Magi were representatives of the Indo-Scythian ruler Azes, king of Bactria, in Central Asia, from 35 BC to AD 5—the time of Christ’s birth. Little is known of the great king; we are not sure if he is properly Azes I or Azes II. This remarkably well-preserved, 2000-year-old silver drachm depicts the king on horseback, and shows a standing figure of Zeus on the reverse. The obverse is written in Greek, and the reverse is in Indian script, making his coinage among the earliest bilingual coins.