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23 Jan 2020

Medal of The Basilica .da Estrela 1779 to Present

Medals | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I read the blog by Sun yesterday about the medals of Nixon. Now medals are very underrated. Simply because there is no value to them there not legal tender. But based on the person creating the medal that's not true.Now I saw some medals on the Heritage Auction Site some had a reserve of five hundred dollars simply because the person was famous.. I like medals of Cathedrals and Basilicas.
The Medal of The Basilica da Estrela or the Royal Basilica and convent of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Is located in Lisbon Portugal. It's a minor Basilica and Carmelite convent of Lisbon. It was ordered built by Queen Maria.Shortly after her wedding to her uncle.in 1760. Maria Princess of Brazil vowed before the Sacred Heart of Jesus to build a church. In 1779 when she took the thrown. Queen Maria ordered construction . It turned out to be one of the most beautiful church's in Europe at the time..
Now the medal is quite big it's 90 know and made of bronze. When I saw The Medal I looked the church up. If you look at the picture of the church and The tree it's exactly the one on the obverse of the medal. I could not find the maker of the medal . This happens sometimes. Even when it's made in 1979. Some one will make it and then they start making them and selling them. The picture of the inside of the church shows the absolute beauty of the church. They used these different types of marble
It gets many visitors every year. It also has the largest Nativity Scene of five hundred figures. . Now it's not the biggest in Europe but the many pictures I saw it the interior makes it one of the most beautiful. Now shopping on EBay it caught my eye. When I saw the price that also caught my eye. So we say buy What we like. I couldn't get the dark red color that the Medal is made of. The reverse has the image of Queen Maria.. Again I learned something in the reserch. The fact that the Queen had a vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I do not know if the Catholic Church verified this. But many just believe. . I hope you enjoyed the Little Basilica as I call it. Sure it's underrated but I like it and that's all I care about. I wish I could get the original color. Thanks.

Comments

Golfer

Level 4

I love looking at the medals for sale at coin shows. Some of them are really nice and not that expensive. I may have to purchase one at the next show. This story has inspired me to acquire something really nice that I like.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Great medal and research Mike.

Great blog! While I have not delved into the art of collecting medals, they seem interesting. I have one question though: what does a nice medal cost?

Kepi

Level 6

I agree, Medals are underrated. This one is a beauty!

Mike B

Level 6

Thank you Kepi. But by far thou art better than i.

BluesCoins

Level 2

Thanks Mike, Medals are so unrated.

"SUN"

Level 5

Nice medals. Medals are a great way to make a persons collection more interesting at a reasonable cost.

Mokester

Level 5

I'm not a religious person or much into medals but that medal is very attractive, I especially like the texturing on the Basilica side of the medal.

Longstrider

Level 6

Thanks Mike. I bet it is a stunner..

Longstrider

Level 6

It is a beautiful medal. It can be very frustrating to get the original colors of a coin to come out. It still looks great to me. Thanks for the history. Another fantastic blog..

Mike B

Level 6

It's a beautiful red.

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