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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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