The first medal was made in 1832 by Order of Mgr Quélen, in agreement with Rome. In 1834, the medal was called the Miraculous Medal as it provided spiritual protection and helped cure illness. Certain conversions, like that of a young Swiss banker, even became famous. In 1836 unexplained healings occurred in the United States, where the Miraculous Medal had been widely distributed and in Poland in 1837. In 1839, 10 million medals were distributed.
The Miraculous Medal became a sign of protection in the Christian world. In 1858, during the first appearances of Lourdes, Catherine Labouré remembered that one of the wishes of the Virgin Mary had been to make the chapel on the rue du Bac a place of pilgrimage. Several texts mention that Bernadette Soubirous wore the Miraculous Medal during the first appearance of Lourdes.
Made in Italy.
NOTE: This medal does not come with its own chain unlike the picture.