Crispus Caesar, 317-324 AD Trier Mint

This coin demonstrates the role of religion with solar eclipses. The reverse of the coin shows a globe on an altar. The globe is marked with a star symbol. The solar crescent is below the altar. Crispus Caesar is clearly dressed for war on the obverse. Solar eclipses were signs in the heavens for war much like snow was associated with the season of winter. This particular motif may represent the moon on a Roman altar of peace. The solar eclipse is thus controlled by the Roman religion. Photo Shick 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.