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Lot 703/0234

SOLD Hammer price: €1100, Estimate: €600-900

Early Irish Rugby Medal, 1885

Medal: Rugby:
I.R.F.U. 1885. An attractive and scarce 9ct gold Medal, the obverse in cross form with shamrocks and overlay inscribed “Leinster Challenge Cup 1885,” the reverse inscribed “Won by W.F.C. (Wanderers Football Club) F.W. Moore, Forward,” Scarce.

* This medal appears to be the earliest extant Medal awarded in Irish Rugby. F.R.W. Moore was the son of one of the founding fathers of Ireland’s Botanical Gardens. He himself subsequently was curator, following on from his rugby career. (1)

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