This most lovely, French , religious medal or charm celebrates the life of Saint Gilles. It is hallmarked for 800-900 silver quality. It is signed ‘Penin’. The Penins from Lyons, France were a prolific family of medallists over four generations and started signing medals in 1830 to the present day. I believe that this one dates to circa 1920-1930.
Saint Gilles (Giles) (c. 650 AD – c. 710), also known as Giles the Hermit, was a Greek, Christian hermit saint, whose legend comes from Provence , France. Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, became a place of pilgrimage and a stop on the road that led from Arles to Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrim Way of St. James.
It measures 5/8” (1.5cms) in diameter and weighs 1.7 grams. At the top is a ring and a bail. The ring bears the crab hallmark for 800-900 silver and there is also a maker’s mark.
Saint Gilles is represented as a holy bishop in robes with a bishop’s mitre and crozier. To the right is the signature ‘Penin’. Around the edge is a raised rim with the inscription ‘St Gilles P P N (Pray For Us).
The reverse has been left blank for an engraving.
This exquisite medal is in fine condition. It will arrive in a gift box.
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