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

Circular bronze 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 brown paper. 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
Hello, I have one of the above medals which was given to me by my late grandmother. Unfortunately I have no further knowledge of the medal apart from it belonged to her grandfather. She also gave me a bronze Caledonian Challenge Shield medal which belonged to him however this is not in its box

How many people would have such a medal like the one above. Should I consider insuring it?

Many thanks

Thank you for your comment. The National Rifle Association first starting holding competitions in 1860 and continued to hold them every year except for the two World Wars so there will be quite a few bronze medals around. The price for one appears to be between £20 - £30 - Administrator
Added by Craig Tweed on 02 October 2011
Hi, I also have one of above medals which belonged to my grandfather. I have just found it in a draw, I have not seen it for a few years. It's in perfect condition.
Added by Neil Groves on 16 October 2014
I have one of the bronze medals which was my grandfater's and also a silver one dated 1902 Champion Recruit with Devon County Volunteers Assocation. Could you give me an idea of their worth. or steve cornish at 01803 856246.thanks
Added by Stephen cornish on 01 February 2017
I also have one of the above medals but on the reverse there are the words "ASTOR COVNTY CVP" & what appears to be a raised tankard.I would be grateful for any info. you can give me
Added by Yvonne Cook on 30 March 2017
The Astor County Cup continues to be a rifle shooting competition. Founded by Astor of the publishing family who gave the cup and funds to purchase the Astor tankards. The country is divided into areas. Rifle clubs in each area compete for the small bronze medals. The winning team in each area shot the final for the main trophy at the Imperial Meeting at Bisley each July. Teams of 8 shot at 300/500/600 yds. 7 rounds at each. The winners receive larger silver medals which have the trophy on the reverse in place of the tankards.
Unfortunately the bronze medals are quite common as the match started in the early 20th century and turn up on a regular basis on ebay etc. ~ Many thanks for the information. ~ Administrator.
Added by N.J.Leaper on 10 January 2019
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