Roman Republic before Sulla's dictatorship, minted at Rome 89 BC

This coin was minted by moneyers of Sabine origin in Rome in 89BC. The star and crescent may commemorate King Tatius who attacked Rome with the treachery of Tarpeia. She is seen on the reverse being crushed with shields and later was thrown off the "Tarpian rock" in Rome. This rock is where Roman traitors were thrown to their deaths. Interesting that within the next year, Rome's first dictator Sulla marched on the city. We have evidence of a solar eclipse seen in Rome in 93 BC before Sulla's dictatorship in 88 BC and in 762 BC before the invasion by King Tatius in 752 BC. Photo London Ancient coins

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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.