Context: Lot 111, N950 E1020, Level 3 (0.8-1.5
ft. below surface). This layer represents grading and disturbance associated
with 1940s construction, and contains artifacts from throughout the period
of occupation of the site.
Site Date Range: c. 1675-1943
Metal: Copper alloy
Dimensions: 0.75” (19 mm) wide, 1” (25.5 mm)
tall, 0.04” (1 mm) thick
“OUR LADY OF VICTORY” around the Madonna and Child
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. These medals
usually say “O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse
to thee.” This example is a variation since it has a different motif
and phrase on the front.
Courtesy Naval District Washington, Naval Air Station