Last week I quoted a newspaper article about the pictured medal, "Mr Dalton was unaware of the medal's significance - or of its value - until a collector dated it back to 1888", and clucked "Hmmm - what do you think was the first clue that the medal may have been issued in 1888?" -Editor
Martin Purdy writes:
Poor reporting, methinks. The actual revelation was probably the significance of 1888 as shown in the sentences below. Mind you, people - even collectors - do have an appalling inability to read what is in front of them sometimes!
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.
It was too hard not to make fun of the reporter's statement, but I'm sure Martin's right. -Editor
To read the previous E-Sylum article, see: ARTICLE AND WEB SITE HIGHLIGHT 1888 RUGBY MEDAL (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n15a26.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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