100870 | SWEDEN. Oscar II/Freemasons bronze Medal.
100870 | SWEDEN. Oscar II/Freemasons bronze Medal. Issued 1906. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of St. John's Lodge of St. Erik (50mm, 67.23 g, 12h). By E. Lindberg in Stockholm.
Masonia (female allegorical representation of masonry) standing left, lifting veil; Sphinx in backgroud to left; star-filled sky above / Medallion containing bust of Oscar II left surrounded by OSCAR II SVERIGES KONUNG IX FRIMURARE-PROV V S V; below, cartouche with three line inscription reading MINNE AF S:T JOHANNIS-/ LOGEN SANCT ERIKS / 150 : ÅRIGA VERKSAMHET; wreath with woven banner in background; hammer, compass, and carpenter's square below. Edge: Plain.
Ehrensvärd 55; Peltzer 469. Choice Mint State. Attractive light brown surfaces, with some underlying brilliance. A fairly scarce and interesting masonic type.
This venerable lodge was founded in 1756, enacted by Carl Fredrik Scheffer—a diplomat, politician, and writer. The iconography of the obverse alludes to the Rite of Memphis-Misraim—or more simply, Egyptian Freemasonry—with the reference to the Sphinx.