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Crossing the Line Shellback Medallion in Case

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Step into the Ancient Tradition with the Crossing the Line Shellback Medallion.

Celebrate a time-honoured maritime tradition with the Crossing the Line Shellback Medallion. This 48mm antique silver-plated medallion pays homage to the ancient custom of 'Crossing the Line' ceremonies, a tradition that found its way into the esteemed ranks of the Royal Australian Navy.

The Crossing the Line ceremony has its origins in the deep annals of maritime history, dating back to a time when sailors believed that crossing the equator was a perilous journey. It was believed that Neptune, the god of the sea, resided beneath these waters. To ensure safe passage, sailors conducted elaborate rituals to appease him. This medallion serves as a tangible connection to these centuries-old traditions.

The medallion's obverse features a dramatic, three-dimensional image of Neptune rising from the ocean, his trident held high. A scroll beneath him bears the etched words "IMPERIUM NEPTUNI REGIS," signifying Neptune's imperial rule over the sea and the rites that accompany it.

On the reverse side, the outer rim is inscribed with the words "ANCIENT ORDER OF THE DEEP" at the top and "TRUSTY SHELLBACK" at the bottom. In the centre, a plinth awaits personalisation through engraving, allowing you to inscribe your name, date, or other meaningful information. Below the plinth, the medallion bears the protruding text, "To all polliwogs and landlubbers, Know ye, that on..." affirming your transition into the ranks of the Shellbacks.

As you hold this Crossing the Line Shellback Medallion, you are not only partaking in a revered naval tradition but also connecting with the mariners of old who undertook this sacred rite of passage. Carry the spirit of the sea and the camaraderie of Shellbacks with you, proudly displaying your journey across Neptune's realm.


Colour: Antique Silver

Material: Zinc alloy

Dimensions: Size: 48mm in diameter