Julius Caesar, Rome Mint 40 BC

This coin was minted after the death of Julius Caesar in 40 BC. Note the solar eclipse symbol has been incorporated into the legionary standard. This is likely in reference to the 50 BC solar eclipse before Caesar crossed the Rubicon River. Marc Anthony and the emperors continued to incorporate solar eclipse symbols into their legionary standards. Photo CNG 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.