Religious Shipwreck Medallion (El Bueno Consejo) - Bronze - Christ Carrying the Cross + “La Pieta"

Dimension: 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 inch

Obverse: Christ Carrying the Cross

Reverse: The Pieta

Metal: Bronze

Illustrated on this medallion are two mysteries -- which are defined as scenes from the life or the Passion of Christ. The legend accompanying Christ Carrying the Cross reads:    JESVSNAZ ZARENVS

This means: Jesus of Nazareth, or the Nazarene, referring to the place where Christ grew up until he began his public ministry.

The legend encircling The Pieta reads:  CONFR B M V A PIET IN PAROCH ECCL S PAVLI Confr(aternitas) B(eatae) M(ariae) V(irginae) a Piet(a) Paroch(ia) Eccl(esiae) S(ancti) Pauli

This means: Confraternity of the Pieta of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the parish church of St. Paul (outside the walls in Rome). Confraternities were religious groups or organizations dedicated to some special devotion or trade or the like. Each had a church where it met. This one met at St. Paul's.

History: Associated with the Shipwreck "El Bueno Consejo", on shore of the Caribbean island Anguilla. The Galleon was carrying 50 Franciscan Monk and thousands of religious medallions; to be used in converting the New World population to Christianity.