Reissue of Antioch coin under Nero 55-56 AD

October 8, 2014

This coin was reissued in Antioch under Nero with the eclipse symbol replacing the star. Additionally Jupiter on the obverse is replaced with the symbol of the god Tyche or Fortuna. It appears the symbolism being communicated by the government is wishing good luck to the region of Judea. The ram is looking back at the dark events. This may represent the Crucifixion darkness and or the solar eclipses of 29, 49, and 52 AD. This coin was minted a few years after the formation of the early Christian church in Antioch. At the time Paul and Peter had a disagreement as to whether new male believers should undergo circumcision. The past 20 years in Judea had been very difficult for the Jewish people. Corrupt Roman procurators and the schism with Christianity were creating a climate of rebellion in the province. This may have been an early attempt by Nero wishing a blessing from the roman god Fortuna for the region. Note this coin may have been in circulation during the life of the Virgin Mary. Some sources place her assumption before 63 AD. The original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe had a crown similar to Fortuna.

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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.