Septimius Severus, Emesa Mint 194-195 AD, Predictive of 197 AD Eclipse

This coin was minted in the city of Emesa (Homs, Syria). It is likely minted to be predictive of the 197 AD eclipse seen in Emesa. This city was home to the sun god cult. Notice the crescent is elongated and not lunar. The multiple star pattern may be representative of a brief eclipse and not a prolonged total eclipse. This pattern was present on the coins of Hadrian as well. Photo 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.