Religious pendant/coin? too pretty to be byzantine, but what the heck is it?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ryro, May 19, 2022.

  1. Ryro

    Ryro Trying to remove supporter status Supporter

    Recieved this as an add on from one of my favorite eBay sellers recently, but know not what it is or where it comes from in time, other than that it was recently unearthed around the Burgundy region of France.
    It weighs .92 gr and is 23 mm including the loop, that I am not sure if was added on later.
    It appears to be a radiate pope or a queen in a long dress and the reverse a temple with a little Jesus on a cross in a burst of light:
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    Has anyone ever seen anything like it or could point me in the right direction on the identification?
     
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  3. Silverpop

    Silverpop Well-Known Member

    religious pendent of some kind
     
  4. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    The obverse reminds me of the Infant of Prague, a popular image of the Christ Child popular in Eastern Europe. The reverse appears to be an image of the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance and displayed on an altar and used for blessing the congregants in a service called a Benediction. I've never seen a coin like this and feel that is a religious amulet. From its appearance I would say Reformation times when the Catholic Church position on the real presence in the eucharist was a source of contention among Christians of that period.
     
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  5. Hrefn

    Hrefn Well-Known Member

    Agree with Kevin, the Infant of Prague is a good guess. Alternatively, it could be Christ the King, which image fits the crown a bit better. upload_2022-5-19_16-54-57.jpeg
    The Infant of Prague is almost always portrayed with a crown more like this upload_2022-5-19_17-12-38.jpeg
    The original Infant of Prague (copy above) is a statue of Spanish origin, which ended up in Prague courtesy of a Hapsburg marriage. It is said it was a gift from St. Teresa of Avila. Pope Leo XII authorized the crown, a canonical crown, in the early 1800’s. What crown if any the image bore before then, I cannot say. Devotion to the Infant of Prague was widespread during the Counter Reformation until the present. The style of the OP’s medal could be produced anytime from the 1600’s to the 1800’s in my estimation.
     
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  6. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    The Infant of Prague was my first thought when I saw the medal. Most Catholic churches had one in it somewhere. Our home also had a statue as well with cloth verstments. As a formar monk, our monestary chapel had one in it as well with a large red votive candle included.
     
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  7. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    An aside, it is not of Byzantine/Orthodox style but Latin.
     
  8. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    Capuchin?
     
  9. AussieCollector

    AussieCollector Moderator Moderator

    My 2 cents - definitely not even close to being Eastern Roman.

    Other than that, I couldn't tell you.
     
  10. Orielensis

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    Looks like an early modern Catholic pendant. These were often souvenirs from local places of pilgrimage. Stylistically, it looks 17th/18th century to me, but it could be a bit older or younger.

    The obverse shows Mary as queen of heaven flanked by two incense burners. The crown, long hair, pallium, and the radiate halo (a reference to Revelations 12:1) are iconographic giveaways.

    The reverse shows a sunburst monstrance on an altar, flanked by two incense burners, with the host contained by it turned into the crucified Christ. This type of image, which is iconographically related to the Mass of Saint Gregory, is quite common in late medieval and early modern devotional art.
     
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