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Signum retinet signatum!"

("Sign protects the signed one!")

Latin

ImageThe medal is given as a reward to a historically meritorious person. It is given at an appropriate occasion- to commemorate an anniversary or for exceptional merits, accompanied by a ritual of a public or festive act. The nobleness and exceptional quality of the medal is determined by its material, which also serves to fulfil the aspiration to become a lasting souvenir by the very choice of material: it is as a rule, minted or cast in precious metals (gold, silver, bronze) and it is made by eminent artists. That's why it is also a miniaturist work of art. Its dimensions are determined by human body measures: the surface of the palm or, for a chain or medallion, the central part of the human chest. The palms and chest are human symbolic and preciously valuable zones.

Bogdan Mesinger