This most striking, thickly silver plated medal measures 1” (2.5cms) in diameter and weighs 8.2 grams . It is a fine example of a highly imaginative, style probably from the 1940’s or 1950’s. The plating has a matt finish against a darkened background.
Sculpted in relief is the image of Saint Benedict. Benedict's main achievement is his "Rule of Saint Benedict", containing precepts for his monks. His Rule became one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom.
Here we see Benedict standing with a cross and book. On one side is a snake emerging from a receptacle and on the other a dove of peace - so evil and good. This medal has a Latin inscrption around the edge which you can have fun translating.
There is a solid ring at the top marked ‘France’ and a bail to hold a chain. On the reverse is what is known as the cross of Benedict. Across the centre is a raised cross with initials ‘CSSML’ on the vertical bar which signify "Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux" ("May the Holy Cross be my light") and on the horizontal bar are the initials ‘NDSMD’ which stand for "Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux" ("Let not the dragon be my overlord"). Similarly the letters around it stand for other Latin phrases.
This superb, highly collectable medal, full of challenge, is in excellent vintage condition . It will arrive in a gift box.
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