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    Posted 11 years ago

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    Are these old? What kind of metals? Value?
    Any information would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks so much Laura from Mi.

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    1. Bridget, 11 years ago
      These look like the church medals I used to get as a child from going to Sunday school classes. I was raised Catholic and when ever we would finish a topic we would get a card and it had a prayer and one of these attached to the card. These are considered sacred and blessed with holy water. More of sentimental value to someone who may own them. Just my thoughts and opinion.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      Most of them are versions of "The Miraculous Medal, also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is a medal originated by Saint Catherine Labouré following a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary."

      The ones in the centre combine a series of other medals with the St Christopher at left and the surrounding Miraculous.

      There is discussion of the medals on CW.
    3. Bridget, 11 years ago
      I'm not familar with any of them being made with any type of precious metal. They were more of a pewter, brass and steel. I still have some from my childhood from over 50 years ago. Here is an excerpt from the article you brought forth. You 2 brought some good information to light. I hated the thought of these being "sold" on E-bay but I suppose if someone came across them in their family property they would not have a clue as to what they were all about. Being given these as a child in my Catholic studies and have learned to respect them.
      A medal may be defined to be a piece of metal, usually in the form of a coin, not used as money, but struck or cast for a commemorative purpose, and adorned with some appropriate effigy, device, or inscription. These are more varied even than secular medals, for they are produced not only to commemorate persons (e.g. Christ, the Blessed Virgin, and the Saints), places (e.g. famous shrines) and past historical events (e.g. dogmatic definitions, miracles, dedications etc.) as well as personal graces like First Communion, Ordination, etc., but they are also often concerned with the order of ideas (e.g. they may recall the mysteries of the Roman Catholic faith, such as the Blessed Sacrament or the Divine Attributes), they are used to inculcate lessons of piety, are specially blessed to serve as badges of pious associations or to consecrate and protect the wearer, and finally are often enriched with indulgences.
    4. LauraJ27 LauraJ27, 11 years ago
      Thanks everyone :) I appreciate all this information. So what is my collection worth overall? :)

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