NGC Certified - Extra Fine coin
The silver drachmas and tetra-drachmas of the powerful Bactrian ruler Azes II were in circulation during the life of Christ. With the Greek script “king of Kings” and an Indian legend, they are among the first bilingual coins that were ever minted.
King Azes II the beloved ruler of Bactria from 35 BC to 5 AD. Referred to as Gaspar, or Caspar; by religious scholars; it is believed that Azes II was one of the Magi who gazed upon the baby Jesus and offered gifts to the Christ Child. Gaspar’s journey to Bethlehem was financed by these silver coins, or drachmas. It is likely he carried them to the Holy Land and used them to purchase gifts of frankincense and myrrh. It is possible that Jesus himself carried one of these coins in His hands.
This coin was minted in Gandhara. It has been placed in a two-toned setting of silver and 14 karat gold.
Weight: 5.4 grams
NGC #: 6157142-035
Certificate of Authenticity included.