Is This Old Rosary Valuable?

9 Oct



Visitors to flea markets, estate sales, and thrift shops often see rosaries and wonder about their resale value. How old is this rosary?   Is it a worthless tarnished article or a piece of history?

The best way to determine the age and value of a rosary is to examine the medal at the center.   Usually, the crucifix and center medal of a rosary are made of the same material.  If they are not, it is possible that someone tampered with the rosary and replaced some parts.  Rosaries made before 1880 did not have a center medal.  Sometimes rosaries without a center medal are the most valuable.


Rosaries can have a variety of center medals but the most popular is the Miraculous Medal.  Shoppers sometimes think that a rosary with a Miraculous Medal center engraved with the year 1830 was actually made in 1830.   Every Miraculous Medal, however, regardless of when it was made, is inscribed with the year 1830, the date on which it is believed that Mary, Mother of God, appeared to St. Catherine Laboure’.


To find additional information on the value of antique and unusual rosaries, consult The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page reference book published by Schiffer Publishing contains price guides and over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon,, the Catholic Faith Store, and other retailers.



One Response to “Is This Old Rosary Valuable?”

  1. Giovanna Lottes October 10, 2016 at 12:54 AM #

    blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } It looks valuable because the beads are silver Is it?

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