Antique Saint Benedict Copper Medal, Copper Benedictine Medal, 19th Century
Antique Saint Benedict Copper Medal, Copper Benedictine Medal, 19th Century
Antique Saint Benedict Copper Medal, Copper Benedictine Medal, 19th Century
Antique Saint Benedict Copper Medal, Copper Benedictine Medal, 19th Century
Antique Saint Benedict Copper Medal, Copper Benedictine Medal, 19th Century

Antique Saint Benedict Copper Medal, Copper Benedictine Medal, 19th Century

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Antique Saint Benedict Bronze Medal, Bronze Benedictine Medal, 19th Century

A beautifully struck Benedictine medal which is crisp and clear.

The front of this lovely medal is inscribed CRUX S P Bened which stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedict or The Cross Of Saint Benedict. Here Saint Benedict is pictured holding a cross.

The Saint Benedict Medal originally came from a cross in honor of St Benedict.

On one side, the medal has an image of St Benedict, holding the Holy Rule in his left hand and a cross in his right. There is a raven on one side of him, with a cup on the other side of him.

The other side of the medal has a cross with the 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").

The initials CSPB stand for "Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti" ("The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict") and are located on the interior angles of the cross. Either the inscription "PAX" (Peace) or the Christogram "IHS" may be found at the top of the cross in most cases.

Around the medal's margin on this side are the Vade Retro Satana initials VRSNSMV which stand for "Vade Retro Satana, Nunquam Suade Mihi Vana" ("Begone Satan, do not suggest to me thy vanities") then a space followed by the initials SMQLIVB which signify "Sunt Mala Quae Libas, Ipse Venena Bibas" ("Evil are the things thou profferest, drink thou thy own poison").

It is a Christian sacramental medal containing symbols and text related to the life of Saint Benedict of Nursia, used by Roman Catholics, as well as Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and the Western Orthodox, in the Benedictine Christian tradition, especially votarists and oblates.

The medal is one of the oldest and most honored medals used by Christians and due to the belief in its power against evil is also known as the "devil-chasing medal". As early as the 11th century, it may have initially had the form of Saint Benedict's cross, and was used by pope Leo IX.