This truly beautiful silver medal is French and is hallmarked for 800-900 silver quality. It is marked for 1917 and features a portrait of the Virgin Mary.
It is signed Penin Poncet. Adolphe Penin (1888-1985) came from a notable Lyons family of medallists. During the early 20th century he worked in Lyons with Jean-Baptiste Poncet. Penin created the design and Poncet engraved it on the metal dies for stamping.
The medal measures 1” (2.5cms) across and weighs a substantial 6.9 grams.
On the front is a raised image of Mary with a wonderful expression of serenity and sorrow. Around the edge is inscribed ‘Maria Immac’ and at the base ‘Penin Poncet’.
At the top is a ring and a bail for a chain. The ring is marked with a very clear crab mark for 800-900 silver quality.
The reverse bears a spray of lilies together with an inscription. There is a monogram and then ‘ Cours Sainte Geneviève 1917’.
This rare and very lovely medal is in fine antique condition and will arrive in a gift box.
French 1917 Silver Virgin Mary Medal - Penin Poncet