100707 | FRANCE. Blessed Father Charles Eugène de Foucauld bronze Medal.
100707 | FRANCE. Blessed Father Charles Eugène de Foucauld bronze Medal. Issued 1932. Commemorating the life of Catholic priest and hermit (68mm, 137.45 g, 12h). By A. Mouroux at the Paris Mint.
CHARLES DE FOUCAULD, bust left / BENI–ABBÈS, bird's eye view of the Hermitage at Béni Abbès, with compass directions above and on the horizon. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.
Escande 378. Mint State. Attractive yellow-bronze surfaces, a few scattered spots.
Originally serving as a French cavalry officer and later a geographer, Charles Eugène de Foucauld eventually devoted his life to Christ, traveling to Algeria where he lived among the Tuareg in the Sahara at Béni Abbès. Ministering to and studying them, he even wrote a Tuareg-French dictionary as well as other works on their culture, aiding in future study and understanding. In 1916, he was dragged from his compound by a group of jihadists associated with the Senussi Bedouin with the goal merely of abducting him, but a mishap led to his assassination through gunfire. In 2005, recognized as a martyr in the Catholic Church, he was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI.