Hadrian reissue of Antioch coin with eclipse symbol, 128/129 AD

October 15, 2014

We see the same coin type from the time of Nero. This time instead of the First Jewish revolt, this coin is issued before the Bar Kochba Revolt in Israel by Hadrian. It is also minted in Antioch when Hadrian was Emperor in 128-129 AD. The Bar Kokhba revolt lasted from 132-136 AD. The Kitos War with the Jews had ended in 117 AD and this coin may have been and attempt by Hadrian to solicit the aid of the Roman god Fortuna for blessings on Judea. The ram or Judea may be looking back at the series of eclipses during the reign of Hadrian or they may be a sign of looking back at the dark times of the First Jewish Revolt or the Kitos war. Photo from Beast 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.