This site was put together by my words, quotes from other sites, my pictures, and other noncopyright pictures from other sites. My pictures have a copyright for the protection of the art and design of that picture. I do not hold the Copyright to the symbol itself, but only this very design in a medallion form. I did this to protect the history of the medallion and to keep it an original and unique piece. Other people have created an Order of the Dragon medallion, but it is not like this medallion in any way. Though, people do come to me and ask if I approve of their designs. This medallion has opened up a good world for me. I enjoy the research, fans, and the art people send me. I welcome your comments and opinions if you think this is really Dracula's Medallion.
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In 2002, I discovered this gold medallion in a wooden box with the same symbol on the lid. It measures two inches around, with a small imperfection in the circle just off from the tip of the tail. Also there is a slight blemish in the center of the head. This picture did not pick it up too well. The chain is held to the medallion (today) with a double loop. It did have just one large loop connecting it to the chain before I changed it. I have added the chain and it is modern.
I put together a small team back in 2003 to investigate this medallion. They set out to disprove that it really belonged to Vlad Tepes. Everything they found has came to me to be analysed. After a close review of thousands of texts, pictures, and artifacts, I can only say we yet can disprove anything. Instead everything we have found has suggested to us that this medallion is the real Dracula's Medallion.
Vlad I Vlad III
Vlad I (Vlad the Mean) had a son Vlad II (Vlad Dracul) which was the first family member in the Order of the Dragon. At the age of 13, Vlad III (Vlad Tepes Dracula) became a member. Dracul- meanning dragon (devil), and Dracula- meanning son of the dragon.
Why is this medallion important? It was the most important thing to Vlad III since it was handed to him by his father. He kept the medallion with him wherever he went and kept it safe. The condition is remarkable.
People come to me quite often and ask if this medallion really belonged to Vlad Tepes III (Dracula). I am making this webpage to give you the evidence we have gathered throughout the past ten years that help us with finding if this is in fact Dracula's medallion.
A year after I found the medallion, I formed a group that studied everything about the Order of the Dragon and Vlad Tepes. Their main goal was to find if the medallion was really to the order, or if it was just another old medallion of a dragon. This is what they found: (someone told me that the double armed cross wasn't invented yet in the 1400's, but look at the picture below in the upper right corner)
The Order of the Dragon was formed in 1408 by the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund to fight the battle between Christians and invading Muslims from Turkey.
Sigismund wanted something to mock the Muslims so he chose to take the symbol of the dragon, from Christian mythology. He made the tail curl up around the dragon's neck as if the dragon was choking on his own tail. He then put the double armed cross above the dragon to show Christians will overcome the dragon.
Some have even suggested that Gold was seen as a very high quality metal that only kings had. Since Vlad III was only a Prince, he would have had a Silver medallion to the order. This medallion was given to him by his father, which was given to him by Emperor Sigismund, who found the order. Sigismund's medallion would have been Gold.
Quite a few years later, the Order of the Dragon changed their symbol to represent a new dragon of St. George with the red cross obove it for the wound that St. George put upon the dragon's back with his sword. They still kept the same idea that the dragon should be choking on his own tail, and another cross with equal arms should be above it. The dragon curled around in a circular form, they later adopted for their badge.
This new dragon was made into different necklaces they wore, and it was the badge design. Later they kept this symbol as the other began to fade away. They used it in almost everything to do with the Order of the Dragon. Each of the designs were different in their own way.
The chain was not found with the medallion. The chain is newer but of the same color gold. Only the medallion itself was found in an old wooden box which not longer exists sadly. The box fell apart a few years ago under study.
We are still not sure what they used as a chain. It could have been anything to a simple rope, a cloth ribbon, or a type of metal chain like the one in the picture above. I put the chain on the medallion for looks and to have a larger object other than just a small 2 inch medallion in a display case.
The necklace is kept in a small tabletop display case, and displayed in various places such as Notting Hill Museum of Art, and several private collections from time to time during occasions.
I have been offered money for it, and to display it, but have not accepted it. Museums have helped me fund some of my research to see if it is real, but since I have no proof it is real or not, they are not interested in it yet. For now it will stay in my collection.
I wanted to share this peice that I made. It is made from two pendants that had broken and damaged.