Diva Faustina the Younger, Rome Mint 176 AD, Eclipse of 174 AD

This coin was minted in Rome in 176 AD. It was minted to commemorate the death of Faustina the Younger who was the wife of Marcus Aurelius and the mother of Commodus. She was implicated in the rebellion of Cassius in Syria during the solar eclipse of 174 AD. Note the eclipse of 174 AD was also seen in Rome. Photo Klassische Munzen 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.