Joppa Mint 255, 254 BC, Ptolemy II, Philadephus

The above coin was minted near modern day Tel Aviv after the 255 BC solar eclipse. The dot in the circle on the reverse is likely representative of this solar eclipse. The second Syrian War (260-253 BC) between Ptolemy II and Antiochus II was drawing to an end at the time of this solar eclipse. Ptolemy II initiated the Greek translation of the 5 books of Moses. The Septuagint opened Hebrew scripture to the Greek speaking work. If Antiochus II would have beaten Ptolemy II, the books of Moses may not have been made available to the gentile world. We do not know how each side may have interpreted the 255 BC solar eclipse other than second Syrian War ended shortly thereafter. Photo Civitas Galleries

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2000 years ago the cross was a Roman symbol of death and terror. Jesus Christ transformed this symbol into a universal sign of God's love, hope and resurrection. Solar eclipse events are recorded in Roman mythology during the conception of Romulus and Remus by the war god Mars and during the foundation of the city of Rome. The solar eclipse to the Romans was a sign from their gods that war was upon the Earth. The solar eclipse symbol of the star/pellet within the crescent on Roman coins and legionary standards was also a sign of their god's approval of Roman domination over conquered lands. Fifteen hundred years later, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Icon was presented to the New World as an inverted Roman Legionary Standard. Jesus Christ changed these symbols of Roman domination and slavery into an everlasting sign of God's love and compassion.