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The Magi. Legend, Art and Cult


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In Cologne, the year 2014 was devoted to the Magi, whose remains arrived in the cathedral city in 1164. During the Middle Ages, their relics transformed Cologne into a pilgrimage metropolis, and they became the patron saints of Cologne together with St. Ursula and St. Gereon. This is attested to by the Shrine of the Magi at Cologne Cathedral, Cologne’s coat of arms with the three crowns and numerous sculptures throughout the city.

The reverse of this coin depicts the Adoration of the Three Magi, Patrons of Cologne.


GERMAN STATES. COLOGNE. Clemens August von Bayern, 1723-1761.
Ducat, 1744 IK. Robed bust r. of Archbishop-Elector. Rv. Adoration of the Three Magi, Patrons of Cologne. Fr.833, KM 121. Wavy planchet. About Uncirculated.



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