Roman Republic Denarius, Rome Mint 49 BC

This coin was minted in Rome in 49 BC after Julius Caesar and his armies crossed the Rubicon River. They were marching toward Rome to engage Pompey and the senate. The republican legionary standards do not have the solar eclipse symbols but have lunar crescents. The "C" and dot on the reverse is the name of the consul. In contrast the coins of Julius Caesar have a solar eclipse symbol incorporated into their legionary standard.

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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.