Context: Unit 2319 Level E, Layer just
above cellar fill from the destruction of a late 18th-century house.
Context Date Range: Late 19th century
Metal: Copper alloy
Dimensions: 0.75” (19 mm) wide, 1”
(27 mm) tall, 0.03” (0.7 mm) thick
“MARY CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO YOU”
and the date “1830” around the Virgin Mary with rays emitting
from her hands.
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. Most Miraculous
Medals depict Mary on the front with rays emitting from her fingers as
seen in Labore’s first vision. The first medals were made in 1832
Courtesy Naval District Washington, Naval Air Station Patuxent