Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blatant False Advertisement

We received our December issue of the Smithsonian yesterday.Near the back was an advertisement that shocked me! The claim was that a coin for sale that was minted by one of the three kings that attended the birth of Jesus. The title reads: "Discovered: Three kings silver coin from the time of Jesus's birth."

It turns out that the coins are silver drachmas minted by the Persian King Azes II who ruled between 35 BC and 5 AD. He did not travel to Jerusalem to see Jesus. There were no "Kings" that went to see Jesus. The Gospel according to Matthew says that some Maji [astrologers] from the East. It was a song. "We Three Kings"  that made them kings. We don't know where they came from as east could mean anywhere across the Jordan river.

If the seller presented this as they should have as a "Persian silver Drachma from about 35 BC," it would not sell as well as linking the coins  to Jesus' birth. As they say there is a sucker born every minute.


  1. Oh my goodness. And people will believe this.

  2. wildstorm it is a sad commentary but yes a lot of people will fall for that.
    A sucker is borne every minute according to PT Barnnam

  3. people will believe anything!! sad but true...