VIRGIN of CZESTOCHOWA MEDAL – antique, Poland/1780s (2.25 in.) – MIR.01

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THE VIRGIN OF CZESTOCHOWA MEDAL: (SHOWN HERE WITH THE PROTECTIVE SILVER ORNATE ‘OKLAD’ (COVER). Oklads are said to protect the Icons and may be very ornate using repoussè with jewels and chaste silver and gold. It is removed on these types of icons three times a day so the pilgrims may see the complete icon. It is traditionally believed the original is painted by St Luke.

The Oklad on the medal is showing the Virgin imaged here with angels holding the crown of heaven above her head and above the head of Jesus. She is wearing an ornate robe. He holds a box or book and is is wearing priestly garments . REVERSE: has the traditional ‘A’ ‘M’ (Ave Maria). The original of this medal was dated late 1700s – early 1800’s.

This Icon is also known as “Our Lady of Jasna Gora” (“Mother of God of Poland”) and is also known as the ‘Dark Virgin’ because of the discoloration over the centuries from smoke and wax buildup. (Thus the addition of the cover.)


OUR LADY OF HODIGITRIA: (She who points the way) This icon is almost identical in the positioning of hands as the Virgin’s hand is pointing to Jesus and He points to his mother.


OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP: (Note on this icon the child Jesus is losing his shoe as he quickly finds refuge in his mother’s arms when frightened.

ABOUT OUR MEDALS:  All medals on our website are hand cast from antiques and vintage pieces in sterling silver and solid bronze then antiqued to restore original patina.

PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE:  (pricing determined by gram wt of metals at time of casting)

BRONZE = $49  (shown top)
STERLING = $64  (shown bottom)

(actual size: 2.1875 in. H x 1.3125 in. W, including bail)

PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE: (pricing determined by gram wt of metals at time of casting)