Strange UFO Coin from 1680 Puzzles the Experts
Thought I would drag this one up mostly because I found a great copy of the coin on a numismatic page that shows both sides...
Looking around the web there are basically three opinions on what it represents....
1) a UFO, depicting something seen in the 1600's (seems there are several stories of a flap in that era)
2) the 'Flying Shield' of Jupiter
3) a representation of Ezekiel's Wheel..
Here is the coin in question in high resolution
OPPORTVNVS ADEST translated as "It is here at an opportune time"
Here is the reverse side...
HÆC PER TE AVCTA COLAM translated as "Let this growth be pleasing for your heart"
Looks like a Tree of Life representation
Here are several UFO coins which puzzle the experts. The first coin is a mysteries coin dating from 1680 which puzzles the experts. The coin
appears to show a UFO [or] a symbolic representation of the Biblical Ezekiel's Wheel. One or the other but little less (according to Kenneth Breset
former president of the American numismatic association) It really does look like an awful lot like a modern representation of a UFO, but of course
it's just present day bias to think that because it looks like a UFO to us, that's what the coin maker intended it to be.
SOURCE Coin Talk
This is a French jeton minted in 1680, a coin-like educational tool that was commonly used to help people count money, or sometimes used as a
money substitute for playing games. It is about the size of a U.S. quarter-dollar and similar to thousands of other jetons with different religious
and educational designs that were produced and used in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. It appears to commemorate a UFO sighting of a wheel
like object. Some researchers feel it represents the Biblical Ezekiel's wheel. The Latin inscription 'OPPORTUNUS ADEST' translates as 'It is here at
an opportune time".
SOURCE Coin Talk
Some comments from the skeptics...
Here are a few of the comments made;
Museum of Hoaxes
* "It also looks a lot like a flower, a mushroom, or an umbrella."
* "I agree that it does look like a flower, perhaps sprouting from the plant on the top. But what plant makes flowers when it had fruit?"
* "It could just be bad art."
* "This looks like the view from under a tree that has a blooming, ornate flower (not a UFO), which would make the most sense given the
inscription. It's taken the Numismatic "expert" 50 years to figure that out (or refuse to see it?)"
* 'If it was a UFO, perhaps the fact that it went to France explains why the aliens have chosen never to return to earth..."
* "The reverse looks like a tree getting rained on. If so, maybe the obverse is a raincloud just before the rain starts."
* "It looks like a lotus flower."
Okay enough of that... there are worse... not much help there...
Coin with inscription "OPPORTVNVS ADEST" from
We do not know which image appeared on the other side of the coin in question, but we can not imagine a figure very different from those that
appear in other coins with the same "mysterious shield in the sky". In this we see the justice that holds the sword in one hand and the balance in the
other, but at his feet a character down a bag of coins. It seems like a satirical cartoon: justice is sold for money? (see image below)
Well no... we have the reverse and it doesn't show the Justice... that is from another coin
Many coins of this type contained mythological and allegorical scenes, and its mythology has found a literary reference that can explain the
nature of the object round which is in the clouds and the earth. It may in fact represent 'Ancil, the sacred shield sent by Jupiter
to the King of Rome, Numa Pompilius.
The story of the flying sheild...
from Plutarch's Lives, Volume I:
In the eighth year of Numa's reign an epidemic raged throughout Italy, and afflicted the city of Rome. Now amidst the general distress it is related
that a brazen shield fell from heaven into the hands of Numa. Upon this the king made an inspired speech, which he had learned from Egeria and the
Muses. The shield, he said, came for the salvation of the city, and they must guard it, and make eleven more like it, so that no thief could steal the
one that fell from heaven, because he could not tell which it was. Moreover the place and the meadows round about it, where he was wont to converse
with the Muses, must be consecrated to them, and the well by which it was watered must be pointed out as holy water to the vestal virgins, that they
might daily take some thence to purify and sprinkle their temple. The truth of this is said to have been proved by the immediate cessation of the
plague. He bade workmen compete in imitating the shield, and, when all others refused to attempt it, Veturius Mamurius, one of the best workmen of the
time, produced so admirable an imitation, and made all the shields so exactly alike, that even Numa himself could not tell which was the original. He
next appointed the Salii to guard and keep them.
Some shields that skeptics show as samples;
Here are more coins with the same "Flying Shield"
So it is either a UFO from the 1600's; Ezekiel's Wheel or the Flying Shield from the Gods that arrived admidst flashes of lighting in a 'timely
manner' to protect the city... take your pick...
Seems everyone is in agreement that it is a flying object from the 'heavens'... that Jupiter story sure sounds like a UFO story to me
edit on 3-3-2011 by zorgon because: Chadwickus did it!!! I KNOW NOTHING