Seller: church-woman (21,977) 100% , Location: Miami, Florida, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371799466066 In the late 17th century, the Bishop of Mexico authorized a Catholic devotional medal of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A limited number of 2 inch bronze medals were minted in Rome, and used as gifts for wealthy Catholic patrons. That medal helped the Bishop (Francisco de Aguiar y Seijas) fund the Building of the new Basilica from 1682-1708; one of those medals from my mother’s collection, is offered here for your consideration. Bertha (the late founder of Church-Woman Antiques, who passed away in 2010), became the principal collector of these medals; none have ever come up for auction, and none are available today except here; in short, she acquired all available medals during her lifetime of collecting all over the world. This one was acquired in a 1930 estate sale.The medals in our auctions have been inspected by reputable numismatic dealers, and their dating can be confirmed on pages 2 & 3 of the book AN INTRODUCTION TO RELIGIOUS MEDALS, by Bob Forrest, and published by NUMISMATICA INTERNATIONAL in 2004.In addition this book has chapters (outlined in the table of contents), describing each of the categories of medals, their possible place of pilgrimage (acquisition), and origin of the mint where they were made. We recommend that anyone serious about collecting medals from this period, acquire a copy of this book. We stand behind our description with a 100% refund upon the medals return in the same condition as in the pictures. Please see our 10 year feedback score and read our client's comments before bidding. Each medal you receive will be special. The medal you see in the posted pictures, is the medal from her collection you will receive. Good luck bidding!