Context: Lot 65,
Unit 9, Level 1A. Area adjacent to the entrance of an 18th-century root
cellar. Level 1A reflects soil disturbed by repairs that took place in
the mid-20th century.
Site Date Range:
Metal: White metal
(17.6 mm) wide, 0.825” (20.9mm) tall, 0.03” (0.8 mm) thick
“O MARY CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE”
and “1830” around the Virgin Mary with rays emitting from
her hands. Signed “F KOCH” under the date.
Miraculous Medal motif showing the letter “M” with a cross
over it, and under both are the Sacred Heart of Jesus with a crown of
thorns, and the Sacred Heart of Mary pierced by a sword.
The Miraculous Medal motif is attributed to Zoe Labore, a member of the
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, France. She was
canonized as Saint Catherine after the Virgin Mary appeared to her three
times in 1830, and ordered that a medal with this image be struck so that
those who wore the medals would be blessed with great graces. The first
medals were made in 1832 (Glass
1911). Most Miraculous Medals depict Mary on the front with rays emitting
from her fingers as seen in Labore’s first vision.