Hadrian, Emperor 117-138 AD, Roman Imperial Denarius

October 10, 2014

Minted in Rome in 127 AD this symbol may comemorate the eclipse of 121 AD and 125 AD in the Eastern Mediterranean. The above coin is likely a symbolic representation of a solar eclipse that may be brief in nature. Multiple stars are likely flashes of light as one is looking at a partial solar eclipse that the moon is transiting quickly over the sun.

Photo from Athena Numismatics

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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.