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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.


The Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins

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First published in 1991, Van Meter's Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins (HRIC) quickly became a cult classic among collectors. In 1999, used copies were trading in excess of $100 on eBay. This was no surprise, really..the book remains the most comprehensive, and yet easy-to-use one-volume reference on Roman Imperial Coins! With over 330 large-format pages, and 1000 illustrations, the HRIC provides the collector with both an expansive overview of the history of the coinage, and a particularly thorough catalogue of the coin types. Numerous charts, tables, and a lexicon make identifying, attributing and understanding your coins a pleasure. This book is quite simply the best value in reference literature on Roman Imperial coins!

SPECIAL OFFER! Order The Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins and a coin at the same time - $10 will be automatically deducted from your order at checkout!
BKBHRIC. Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins by David Van Meter, $34.95 (30.76)


Coins of the Bible

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Coins of the Bible by Arthur L Freidberg

This book contains replica coins from Biblical times. Included in the book is a REPLICA Widow's Mite, Gold Daric, Lepton, Tribute Penny, Shekel and Half-Shekel.

BK65506. Coins of the Bible by Arthur L Freidberg, 1st edition, 2008, 106 pages, hardback; $23.00 (20.24)


Judaean Kingdom - Roman Judaea, Herodian Oil Lamp, c. 25 B.C. - 100 A.D.

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This simple but elegant lamp design was developed during the reign of Herod, and thus they are called Herodian Lamps today. The type is found throughout all of Israel, especially in Jewish towns and areas, such as Jerusalem and Judea. Some have been found in Jordan. It is believed to be a type used mainly by Jews. They remained in common use until the end of the first century. The latest examples, from the middle of the second century, have been found in Judean Desert caves. Attempts have been made to more precisely date some of these lamps based on variations, however, excavations indicate the variations occur simultaneously.
AL93890. Herodian oil lamp; cf. Adler 3.1.HER.3, 96; Hays ROM 53; Schloessinger 331 - 332; 9.3 cm (3 5/8") long, 5.7 cm (2 1/4") wide, Choice, complete and intact, slightest chipping in nozzle, minor encrustations, c. 25 B.C. - 100 A.D.; finely made, pink-orange clay, buff-cream slip, rounded wheel made body with flat top, sharp carination to vertical sides, nozzle with a splayed shape with nearly straight sides hand-formed separately and attached, joint between the nozzle and body smoothed with a knife, rim around filling hole; $270.00 (237.60)


Judaean Kingdom - Roman Judaea, Herodian Oil Lamp, c. 25 B.C. - 100 A.D.

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This simple but elegant lamp design was developed during the reign of Herod, and thus they are called Herodian Lamps today. The type is found throughout all of Israel, especially in Jewish towns and areas, such as Jerusalem and Judea. Some have been found in Jordan. It is believed to be a type used mainly by Jews. They remained in common use until the end of the first century. The latest examples, from the middle of the second century, have been found in Judean Desert caves. Attempts have been made to more precisely date some of these lamps based on variations, however, excavations indicate the variations occur simultaneously.
BK21914. Herodian oil lamp; cf. Adler 3.1.HER.3, 96; Hays ROM 54; Schloessinger 332; 8.8 cm (3 1/2") long, 6.1 cm (2 3/8") wide, Choice, complete and intact, light bumps, light encrustations, c. 25 B.C. - 100 A.D.; rounded wheel made body, sloping shoulder with rounded carination to vertical sides, nozzle with a splayed shape hand-formed separately and attached, joint between the nozzle and body smoothed with a knife, rim outside narrow discus ledge around filling hole, incised line across nozzle; $250.00 (220.00)


The Coins of The Holy Land: The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection

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The Abraham and Marian Sofaer collection consists of 4,000 coins and related objects produced by the peoples who inhabited the Holy Land from the Persian period in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. through the Crusader kingdom in the thirteenth century of the modern era. Assembled over more than thirty years, the collection contains gold, silver, and bronze coins of the Persians, Greeks, Samarians, Hebrews, Nabataeans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Crusaders. This book has become a primary reference for Holy Land coins.
BK10621. The Coins Of The Holy Land The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection at the American Numismatic Society and The Israel Museum, by Ya'akov Meshorer, 2013, American Numismatic Society, Ancient Coins in North American Collections 8, hardback, 2 volumes, new, list price $190, international shipping at the actual cost of postage; $120.00 (105.60)


Guide to BIBLICAL COINS, 5th Edition

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Guide to BIBLICAL COINS

By David Hendin


The new edition of the most popular reference ever written for ancient biblical and Jewish coins. 6 x 9 inch, study stitch-bound hardcover with full color dustjacket, 640 pages
BK43168. Guide to BIBLICAL COINS, 5th Edition, by David Hendin, values by Hebert Kreindler, $85.00 (74.80)


Roman Syria, Antioch, Civic Series, 11 - 12 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."
GB86562. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 4266; BMC Galatia p. 159, 62; Butcher 56, aVF, tight flan cutting off parts of legend, uneven strike, light deposits, porous, weight 8.120 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 11 - 12 A.D.; obverse Zeus' laureate head right; reverse ANTIOXEΩN MHTPOΠOΛEΩN, ram running right, looking back, star above, BM (year 42) below, ANT monogram in exergue; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; SOLD


SNG American Numismatic Society, Part 6, Palestine - South Arabia

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SNG ANS 6

The Collection of The American Numismatic Society,
Part 6, Palestine-South Arabia

By Ya'Akov Meshorer

A must have for Biblical coin collectors. A catalogue of The American Numismatic Society's collection of 1615 Palestine-South Arabian coins. Finely organized so that on one page you get plates of the coins and on the other you have the numismatic text of them.
BK34192. SNG American Numismatic Society, Part 6, Palestine - South Arabia by Ya'Akov Meshorer, large format, hardback, new; $36.00 (31.68)







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