Carry this coin as a constant reminder of your resolve to accept the call to become supernaturally strong; to become “St. Joseph Strong!” On the front of the medal is the image of St. Joseph with the Child, Jesus. The Latin inscription calls upon the two most important attributes of St. Joseph: Most Chaste and Terror of Demons. The heart of St. Joseph is surrounded by lilies, and he is often depicted holding lilies. Lilies are the traditional symbol for St. Joseph being a chaste man. On the reverse side of the medal is the image of St. Michael the Archangel. The image comes from a very famous 6th century painting of St. Michael, which hangs in Santa Maria della Concezione in Rome. The inscription, “defénde nos in proélio,” which is Latin for “Defend us in battle,” comes from the St. Michael Prayer which is prayed after all Low Masses in the Extraordinary Form.
Size: 1-3/4" diameter
Challenge Coins date back to WWI (some say as far back as the Roman Empire) and were meant to be a sign of camaraderie in facing the demands of some particular challenge. In most cases, it would be military units during a wartime period.