Roman Republic, C Lucretius Trio, 76 BC Rome Mint, Eclipse of 77 BC

This coin was minted in Rome in 76 BC. The obverse shows the sun god Sol with a radiate crown. The reverse shows the "pellet and crescent." The moneyers name is on the reverse. This reverse represents the solar eclipse seen in Rome in 77 BC. The pellet is the moon and the crescent is a solar crescent not a lunar crescent. The shadow of the earth is always larger than the moon. The moneyer would have had the ability to show a lunar crescent judging by the quality of the obverse. Photo Sergey Nechayev 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.