Antoninus Pius, Petra Mint, Reign 138-161 AD, Eclipse of 164 AD prediction

This coin may be the first Roman coin to predict an eclipse. It was minted in the reign of Antoninus Pius who died March 7 161 AD. The coin was minted in Petra, Nabatea. Modern day Jordan. Note the 164 AD eclipse was directly over Petra. Photo from Shick 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.