Elagabalus emperor 218-222 AD, Antioch mint

This is another variant of the previous coin. Note the lack of an eclipse symbol. It is important to note that the ram has been interpreted astrologically as Judea but may have been interpreted at different times to be symbolic of different things. The Statue of Liberty is a prime example. It can both be interpreted as being symbolic for New York city, state and the United States. Although it was a gift from France we do not traditionally think of France as the prime association. Judea was under Roman administration from Antioch. Photo Ancient Imports

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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.