This very attractive, French silver medal carries an image of St François Xavier. I believe it dates to circa 1930.
Saint Francis Xavier (1506 –1552), was a Navarrese-Basque Roman Catholic missionary, born in Javier, Kingdom of Navarre (now part of Spain), and a co-founder of the Society of Jesus. He was a companion of St. Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits who took vows of poverty and chastity in 1534. He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time and was influential in evangelization work, most notably in India. He also was the first Christian missionary to venture into Japan, Borneo, and other areas. Xavier was about to extend his missionary preaching to China but died shortly before he could do so. He was canonised in 1622.
The medal measures 13/16” (2cms) across and weighs 4.3 grams.
The striking, raised image on the front is of St François pointing to the crucifix he holds in his left hand. In the background you can perceive Japanese pagodas. Around the edge is the message ‘St François Xavier’ PPN (Pray For Us).
At the top is a ring which bears the boar’s head hallmark for 800-900 silver quality as well as a maker’s mark. There is a bail attached for a chain. The back is blank.
This very rare medal is in fine condition with the natural patina of age. It will arrive in a gift box.
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