Julia Maesa, Alexandria Mint 219 AD

The above coin demonstrates that the Roman population of Alexandria, Egypt was well aware of the mechanism of the solar eclipse of 218 AD. The obverse is a bust of Julia Maesa. The reverse displays a bust of the moon goddess Selene. The reverse also has a pellet and crescent which most likely is representative of the solar eclipse of 218 AD seen over Alexandria. The crescent is solar and the pellet is the moon. Selene obscurs the sun. This coin is very important because Alexandria was the intellectual capital of the Roman Empire with a vast library of ancient knowledge. The Romans were very smart at understanding the physical mechanisms of the heavens and they always believed they were ultimately under the control of higher life forms. This coin most likely would not have been minted in less educated Roman cities. The empire would have taken advantage of the poor and uneducated to promote their agenda. Photo Praefectus 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.