Courtesy American Numismatic Society

Romulus And Remus, legendary founders of Rome (H). As infants, the twin descendants of Mars were saved from death in the wilderness by a wolf who suckled them. In this coin commemorating Rome’s birth, a Christogram appears in place of one of the stars. The Christogram, the author suggests, may have been added to the scene to imply that the Christian God was involved in the founding of Rome.