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"The Legend of Saint Eligius and Saint Godeberta," by Petrus Christus.

The feast day of St. Eligius, Patron Saint of numismatists, goldsmiths, farriers, jewelers, metalworkers, craftsmen, veterinarians and harness makers, was observed on Dec. 1.

The Gateway Coin Club of San Antonio, Texas, marked the occasion with an educational program by club president Frank Galindo.

Enhancing his presentation was a display of large St. Eligius medals and an album of many other medal varieties, along with photos and postcards.

St. Eligius was born at Chaptelat, near Limoges in France, in the year circa 588 C.E. He died in his monastery at Noyon on in the year circa 659 C.E. He was a very skilled craftsman and was appointed by King Clotaire II as mint master.

Galindo founded the St. Eligius Numismatists Brotherhood of U.S.A. Interested collectors may contact him at P.O. Box 12217, San Antonio, Texas, 78212-0217 or via email at

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