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A 14th century wall painting in an ancient church in Romania illustrating a disc-shaped object has been reported by a UFO research organization. The UFO resembles objects in the paintings and even coins from the 4th century to the 17th century.

Israeli Extraterrestrials and UFOs Research Organization (EURA) received the picture of the wall painting from a Church of the Dominican Monastery, in the town of Sighisoara – the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the legend of Dracula, reported Open Minds.

The painting illustrated a disc-shaped object over a structure that is releasing smoke. It also has a caption that reads "Israel, put your hope in the Lord" scripted in German language.

It appears to the experts that the painting is very old. The painting first painted in the 14th century  was repainted in the 17th century after it was destroyed, according to the monastery's website.

They are also unsure about the painter who had illustrated the UFO in the painting and in which year. However, the script in the painting suggests the period is after 1523, the year when the bible was translated into German.

They noted that the UFO like object in the painting looked similar to other such paintings and coins that are commonly used by UFO researchers to represent aerial anomalies.

The French coins from 17th century also showed similar round objects. While some researchers believe that these depictions may be of Ezekiel's wheel, Marc Dantonio, Chief Photo/Video Analyst for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) found the round objects in the picture are military shields.

Dantonio had researched about France in the late 1600s and found that the shield of that age did actually appear like those depicted in the images of the coins. Further, he explained that in 1680, a civil war took place in France, when territorial aristocracy was replaced by Louis XIV's monarchy. Dantonio believes that the shields were printed on the coins to illustrate King Louis' power and strength.

He also points out, another coin showing arrows striking the shield . Again, a picture depicts a line coming out of the shield, which is mistaken by people as a ray of light from the UFO. However, Dantonio explains that a piece of metal attached to the shield deflects incoming arrows.

Even though, Dantonio considers the object to be a shield, the mystery still surrounds as to why they are hovering in the sky or emerging from the clouds.

"One story is that this particular coin is showing Jupiter's Shield falling to Earth to aid Numa Pompilius, the second Roman king. The shield it said led them to victory during desperate times. But even so, it is still interesting that the shield was bestowed from on high. Was there some otherworldly influence rooted in their culture that prompted putting the shield in the sky? Protection or technology from above perhaps? That's still a mystery," Dantonio added.