Bronze, UNC, designed by Armindo Viseu
90 mm (3-1/2”), 304 grams
HISTORY: “NATAL” means “birth”; in Portuguese, it is the word for “Christmas.” The medal was struck at J. Gravarte Mint, Lisbon, Portugal.
OBVERSE: Designed and signed by Portuguese medalist Armindo Ribeiro (1916–2004), who adopted the artistic name of Armindo Viseu, it illustrates the birth of Jesus, with Mary and Joseph in worshipful attendance, while three Magi approach beneath the guiding star. Viseu’s complete signature is visible at the lower right.
REVERSE: Designed by Viseu for the Canedo parish in the municipality of Santa Maria da Feira. Viseu worked on a number of other medal designs for that parish. The image illustrates the baby Jesus, lying naked, vulnerable, trusting, loving, as if to show each one of us our humble beginnings. Cherubs in the clouds above greet the baby King.