Coin of Ardashir I, Sasanian King , died 240-241 AD

The sphere and crescent are clearly visible on his crown. This was a symbol for a solar eclipse. The eclipse of 240 AD may have influenced his decision to invade Roman Carrhae. His son Shapur I did not have any eclipse symbolism on his coins. That may be due the defeat that Shapur I endured at the battle of Rhesaina in 243 AD. Photo CNG auctions

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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.