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National Rifle Association medal  - Robert Mackay
National Rifle Association medal - Robert Mackay

Circular gold metal medal (a) with the emblem of the National Rifle Association on one side - two figures, one holding a bow and arrow, the other a rifle - with the motto SIT PERPETUUM and dates 1300 1500 beside the bowman and 1860 beside the rifleman. On the reverse is a laurel wreath with THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION 1860 in the centre. The medal fits into a square presentation box (b), which is covered in purple velvet with a gold border. The base of the box is lined with purple velvet and the lid with cream silk stamped with the name of the maker C C ADAMS SCULPTOR LONDON..
Part of the Robert Mackay collection.
Picture added on 24 April 2008
Hi there,

I have this medal in what appears to be Silver. The backside of the medal also says "1860". Is this the year the medal was presented, or simply referring to the first year rifle tournaments were held?

Should I consider insuring this medallion?

1860 was the first year that that the National Rifle Association competitions took place. Presented were gold and silver medals. To find out the value of your medal I suggest checking online for similar objects - Administrator
Added by Michael on 12 January 2012
This is the Gold Medal awarded to the winner of the Sovereigns Prize. The early ones are solid gold and this is the premier prize along with the gold badge and £100 presented by the reigning sovereign. See comments listed under the Gold Badge. C.C. Adams was the engraver of the first medals to a design by G.G Watt, the famous painter. The Artist Rifles was formed into the Rifle Volunteer Movement and had their own Companies.. They subsequently became the SAS regiment.

Many thanks for your comment - Administrator
Added by N.J.Leaper on 10 June 2013
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