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The concept of medal , which comes from the Latin word medaglia, alludes to a metallic object , usually rounded and thin, which has a symbol , an inscription or a carved or engraved figure. The medals, therefore, resemble small discs .

Similar to coins although larger, the medals are usually awarded as a recognition or with a memorial end . There's also artistic medals and religious worship medals .

A medal can be made of gold, platinum, bronze, silver, copper, nickel or other materials. To discipline focused on the analysis of the origin and characteristics of the medals is called medalist .

The Olympic medals they are among the best known of world . These are the medals that athletes get that reach the podium in a competition of a Olympic game . While the winner receives a gold medal , who finishes in second place gets a silver medal . He who finishes in third place, meanwhile, wins a bronze medal .

In U.S , the Medal of Honor It is the most important award given by the Armed forces . This honor is given to him who, in combat against enemies of his country , puts your life at risk beyond what is ordered by the fulfillment of duty.

The Saint Benedict medal On the other hand, it presents iconography of Benito de Nursia . They are usually worn by Catholic, Orthodox, Methodist, Lutheran and Anglican believers. This medal is considered one of the oldest in Christianity and is credited with the ability to protect against evil to the one who takes her.

The Junta de Andalucía created in 1985 the Title honorary called Andalusian Medal , which has the goal of highlighting the merits, services and extraordinary acts carried out in peacetime by certain citizens, entities or groups in the region, the country or even abroad, that focus on solidarity and Surrender to others.

Before the delivery of the medal, a file is made in the Ministry of the Presidency to record the recognized merits of those who will receive it. Every year, specifically on February 28, up to ten medals are awarded under the Andalucia's day , date on which several are celebrated acts of an official nature.

The person who receives the Medal of Andalusia is treated as Illustrious Lord or Illustrious Lady and ranks second in the high places ranks granted by the Board, after Favorite Child of Andalusia. As is often the case with other awards, the percentage of men and women among the beneficiaries is not even: during the first thirty-three years, for example, only 23% of the medals were awarded to women.

The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal He is in Paris, France, at the site where the Virgin Mary manifested on November 27, 1830 and asked Saint Catherine Labouré to create a medal, which eventually received the name of Miraculous.

Saint Catherine described the woman who appeared to him as someone extremely beautiful, who crossed the presbytery majestically and sat down in an armchair of the main altar, next to the Gospel . He said that the sweetness that invaded her during the presence of the Virgin at that time was unprecedented and that she never felt so comfortable in her life again. On the obverse of the medal we see the Virgin stepping on the snake that represents Satan, while on the back you see the letter "M", the cross and twelve stars.

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