Commodus, Carrhae mint, Eclipse of 174 AD

This coin may have been minted to the eclpise of 174 AD in which the rebellion against Marcus Aurelius and his son Commodus was stopped. Commodus was given the victory title of Germanicus in 172 AD after the defeat of the Marcomanni in Austria. He was being groomed to rule with Marcus Aurelius and was given equal rule with him in 177 AD. Photo from Romae Aeternae 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.