Desiré-Joseph Mercier (1851-1926) was cardinal from the diocese of Mechelen in Belgium. This during the difficult years of the German occupation in world war I. He played an important role in the resistance after German forces invaded Belgium in 1914. He wrote a pastoral letter, entitled “Patriotism and Endurance”. Wich is the inscriptions present in this beautiful art medal. This letter had a large impact in Belgium and the German army tried to shut down its propagation. He had great influence in his diocese and stood up against the tyranny of the occupating forces. He was greatly admired by Catholics as well as by non-catholics. This art medal was minted as a national tribute to his patriotism and role in the resistance movement. Jules Jourdain (1873-1957) is the Belgian artist that minted the medal in 1926. Depicted is a beautiful allegory. Patriotism is represented by the gracious lady draped with a long veil. She holds a banner and with the other hand the wrest of an exhausted soldier. Wich is representing endurance. Beautiful art medal to add to your collection.

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Beautiful antique art medal 

Signature artist Jules Jourdain (1873-1957)

medal editor: FONSON


The allegory of the Art Nouveau lady helping the fallen soldier

Inscriptions in French: ” PATRIOTISM & ENDURANCE “


At the reverse side is the portrait of Cardinal Mercier

      – Cardinal Desire Joseph Mercier (1851-1926) –

Inscriptions in French: ” NATIONAL TRIBUTE “



CONDITION: beautiful 

SIZE: 37 mm diameter (or 1,47 inch)

MATERIAL: bronze

WEIGHT: 19 gram

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Weight 19 g

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