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Mid-17th century, France: A controversial "jeton," a flying disk?
The token shown below, which experts believe was struck around 1656, shows a disk with
light or a beam emanating from it. This object ("jeton" in French) has been mentioned in
numerous books and magazine articles as a commemoration of an event in which a flying
object was observed in the clouds, passing over a wide landscape.
The object is the size of a U.S. quarter or a one-euro coin and similar to thousands of
other tokens that were produced in Europe around that time for religious and educational
purposes. Rather than a flying saucer, it is likely to represent the "Shield of Numa." In fact
jetons bearing very similar images have been found dating to mid-17t h century France.
It is said that on March 1st, 707 BC, during the outbreak of a plague, the second king of
Rome, Numa Pompilius, witnessed the fall of an oval shield from the sky during a
Somewhat astonished, he sought advice from the nymph Egeria and the nine Muses,
who assured him that Jupiter had dropped it as a sign of his benevolence. The pestilence
soon came to an end, so the grateful king had eleven identical copies made by an
armourer, and those were used in dances and celebrations every year.
Around 60 AD the Roman poet Lucanus composed a long work in which he proposed
an explanation for the event, suggesting that a stormy wind had whisked the shield out of
a soldier's hand and sent it spinning across the sky. The story was long remembered in the
literature and is likely depicted on this token, where the inscription reads: Oportunus
Adest, "it arrives in time." The same "flying disk" design appears on many jetons from
Originally posted by Gazrok
I'd say this example kind of nails it.
From this coin, it is pretty easy to make the sacred shield story stick...as here, it is protecting from the enemy's attack....
Originally posted by AmatuerSkyWatcher
but God intervened and sent two shields red with flame over the church so that the Saxons fled. It is difficult to know what a modern reader should make of these pious accounts,
Originally posted by daggyz
You realize that in thousands of years time someone will find a US dollar bill and summize that there were flying pyramids with a giant eye or light beaming on top of them and that the general population probably worshiped the aliens that lived in the pyramids that came from above.
My God the ancients had lazers? lets rewrite the history books. Oh of course the lazers were given to them by the aliens in the spaceships.
Come on guys. We live in an intelligent society or so I thought.