I recently became aware that the current St. Benedict medal was designed in 1880 by Desiderius Lenz. But the medal itself is a lot older than that and used to look like this
The differences I see include:
1. The old one was shaped more like a typical medal while the new one is a circle.
2. The new design has additional some text on the front: "Eius in obitu nro praesentia muniamur."
3. The new design also has "ex SM Casino MDCCCLXXX" (in reference to the 1400th anniversary)
4. The new design is in an entirely different art style (I think it's Beuronese)
5. The old one does not have the shattered cup. But it does have a what appears to be a mitre (which is not present on the new design). Not sure what the mitre signifies...
6. The Holy monogram on the back was removed and "Pax" was added in its place
I'm guessing that #2 and #6 have something to do with Benedictine spirituality. But why the other changes? (They seem a bit unnecessary to me. And not that I have any sort of problem with the new design, but I like the older shape and art better.) Just something I was wondering about.