The election of Pope Francis and his installation on March 19th 2013 have caused huge interest around the world, so this seems an ideal opportunity to remind you that our collection of die-struck medallions designed by Paul Vincze includes this beautifully sculpted representation of St. Francis of Assisi, which is available in two sizes, 16mm and 22mm diameter.
The other Saints featured in the collection are Madonna and Child, St. Anthony, St. George and, of course, St. Christopher who remains immensely popular and is uniquely available in four sizes, 16mm, 22mm, 27mm and 32mm.
For more information on Paul Vincze, please visit our website www.payneandsonjewellers.co.uk, the superb collection of zodiac medallions which are available in 16mm, 22mm and 32mm diameters.
Born in Hungary but later becoming a British citizen, Paul Vincze was one of the most original, influential and artisitic sculptor-medallists of the 20th Century, winning commissions to design commemmorative medallions and coinage for use the World over. Among his many notable subjects were Presidents Truman and Kennedy, Pope Paul Vl and Sir Winston Churchill, and in 1953 he was requested to design one of the official medals for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth ll, Her Majesty sitting for him during several sessions.
During the course of his long and fascinating lifetime, many more historic events and famous characters were to be celebrated in medal form, including the successful Apollo ll landing on the moon in 1969, and the anniversaries of the births of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Beethoven and Haydn.
In 1991 we were both honoured and delighted when he offered the dies for his Signs of the Zodiac, Madonna, Saint Christopher and other medallions, which he had started to manufacture in the 1950’s. These beautiful medallions, most of which bear Paul Vincze’s signature, and are entirely faithful to his original style. Struck in various sizes as gold charms, pendants, or key chains, with selected lines also available in silver with an oxidised finish, the designs are classic and timeless in their appeal.