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April 16, 2012

Mt. Vesuvius lava medallion

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Mt. Vesuvius lava medallion

Medallion made from lava ejected by Mt. Vesuvius.  The medallion was made by pressing a molten piece of lava between two female dies.  The resulting low-relief designs depict the bust of Queen Victoria on the obverse and lettering on the reverse reading, “REGINA / VICTORIA / 1859 [or 1852; the final digit is unclear].”  Made in Naples, Italy; owned and donated by Bishop John Ireland.

For details, view the medallion in our online collections database.

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