The craze for early sporting medals goes on. Among the latest news is this story from the U.K. about an 1888 rugby medal. -Editor A rare medal to mark Penarth Rugby Club’s victory in the 1888 Cardiff Football Union Final is attracting bids of more than £70,000.
The 121-year-old medal has been part of Cardiff businessman Dave Dalton’s collection for several years, after he discovered it in a house clearance.
But Mr Dalton was unaware of the medal’s significance - or of its value - until a collector dated it back to 1888.
Hmmm - what do you think was the first clue that the medal may have been issued in 1888? -Editor
Following the shock discovery, Mr Dalton set up a website to give rugby memorabilia collectors a chance to bid for the medal – and it has already attracted some huge offers.
“A number of other collectors have tried to help identify it – including collectors from New Zealand and Australia.
“But it wasn’t until I showed it to a local rugby historian in Cardiff that we realised what a rare object it was and how it fitted into the history of the very beginnings of Welsh rugby.”
Gwyn Prescott, who has researched the history of rugby in Cardiff in the 19th century, identified it as a medal marking the victory of Penarth in the 1888 Cardiff Football Union Cup final.
To read the complete article, see: Rugby medal causes a stir (www.penarthtimes.co.uk/news/latestnews/
See also: www.1888rugbymedal.co.uk
Wayne Homren, Editor
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