An update on a previous discussion re 1916 "restrike", back in the day !
To illustrate the observations in my previous post #81. The two officially named & numbered 1916 medals, typical for the series compared to a potential restrike from new dies. See Post #94 for images.
<i>The unusual elements I would note are (1) whereas "Seachtmhain na Casca" appears precisely between 9 & 3 o'clock on the other 1916 medal's I own or have observed, in the case of this example the lettering extends substantially beyond both of these reference points; (2) the definition of the flames and to a lesser extent the rays are a remarkable contrast to the sharp detailing on the other 1916 medal's I refer to in (1) above, and (3) the ribbon suspension ring is of the larger type.</i>
The Macken medal, courtesy Paul Murphy & The Partridge medal, to be auctioned in the near future as noted elsewhere on this thread.
Whytes April 16, 2011 auction, Lot 241 highlights a 1916 medal #403 to M. McElroy, that has the same elements noted above and would tend to support the idea of a late "restrike". It is my understanding that no others have been issued since this.
1916 Rising Service Medal and 1966 50th Anniversary of the
Rising Medal, officially named to Cumann na mBan member
by descent to present owner
Mairéad (Margaret) McElroy was born in Tyrone in 1886, the daughter of James and
Margaret McElroy. The family moved to St. Mel’s Terrace Drumcondra and later to
Richmond Road where her father and brothers worked in the carpentry trade. She took
part in the 1916 Rebellion as a member of Cumann na mBan. She was elected
treasurer of Sinn Féin in 1945 and was one of the plaintiffs during the case which
Sinn Féin took against the Attorney General relating to the ownership of the funds of
the party during the 1940s. There is a quantity of correspondence and material
relating to Mairéad McElroy held by the National Archives, relating to the court case
and also raids by the Irish Free State Army in 1923.
€5,000-€7,000 (£4,400-£6,100 approx
In addition this medal could be another example of an officially named/numbered medal outside of convention as the recipient appears to have survived after 1941. See Post #80 extract below.
Officially named & numbered medals were also issued, post 1941, to those who were deceased prior to an application being made. For example a posthumous award was made to Jack Kavanagh (Wexford IV) who died in the 60's and for whom an application was made in the 70's by a family member.
Will be very interesting to see the hammer price - a sign of life or a dead cat bounce ?
Regards - An Ceallach McElroy 1916.doc