The first 2,000 medals were delivered on June 30, 1832. This coincided with a cholera outbreak in Paris which claimed 20,000 lives. The Daughters of Charity began distributing the first medals and many cures were reported, leading to the people of Paris starting to call the medal ‘miraculous.’
As far as we know, the photograph on the left reveals what the first Miraculous Medals might have looked like when they were made and distributed in the 1830s. This would be about two years after Our Lady manifested the Medal to St. Catherine Labouré on November 27, 1830, in the Apparition Chapel of the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity in Paris.
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For an explanation of the Miraculous Medal, visit this web page of the International Miraculous Medal Association.