baptism tokens  
20.5 mm, 3.05 g
outer linear circle, inscription CONSTANTIN GEORGE MANU NÂSCUTŬ LA BUCUREȘCI 5 JANUARIE 1871 meaning "CONSTANTIN GEORGE MANU BORN AT BUCHAREST 5 JANUARY 1871"
outer linear circle, Holy Ghost as pidgeon, surrounded by rays, inscription BOTEZATÚ DE CONST: CANTACOZINO 7 FEBRUARIE 1871 meaning "BAPTIZED BY CONST: CANTACOZINO 7 FEBRUARY 1871"
"NASCUT SI BOTEDAT IN ANUL 1883" meaning "BORN AND BAPTIZED IN YEAR 1883" religious batism scene
outer pearl circle, suspension ring
CONSTANTIN ȘTEFAN MARIN , inside inner peal circle "NĂSCUT 2 MAIU 1920" meaning "BORN ON 2ND OF MAY 1920"
outer pearl circle
"BOTEZAT DE ȘTEFAN DRUGĂ LA 27 DECEMBRIE 1920" meaning "BAPTIZED BY ȘTEFAN DRUGĂ ON THE 27TH OF DECEMBER 1920"
EUGENIE VIDRICA BOTEZATĂ LA 31 MAI 1936 DE VLAD ZAMFIRESCU meaning "EUGENIE VIDRICA BAPTIZED ON THE 31ST OF MAY 1936 BY VLAD ZAMFIRESCU" religious scene

Baptism tokens are proofs that baptism has taken place, usually comprizing the name of the child and the names of the godparents, sometimes accompanied by religious scenes. Such medallions were distributed to participants to a baptism ceremony as keepsake and remembrance. They can be looked at also as genealogy documents. The custom of baptism tokens at the Romanian people dates back apparently from the 19th century.

Pictures of the first baptism token on the page are originated on E-bay. Constantin George Manu (1871 - 1959), descendent of the old boyar family Manu, was a Romanian diplomat, minister plenipotentiary of Romania în Great Britain (1911 - 1912) and Ottoman Empire (1912 - 1916). He was son of Romanian general and politician Gheorghe I. Manu (1833 - 1911) and of Alexandrina Manu. His godfather could be Constantin Cantacuzino (1793 - 1877), kaymakam of Wallachia in 1848-1849.

All other baptism tokens pictures are present on this page through the kind permission of Mr. Marian Bolum.


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