The medals upon which our Framed 1916 Active Service Medals and 1916 Active Service Medals Presentation Boxes are based were commissioned by the then Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Eamon de Valera, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Rising in 1941.
Some 2,500 were produced and issued in total, either to the men themselves, or to the descendants of those who had either been killed during the fighting or who had died in the years that followed. The medals were presented by de Valera at a parade held in Dublin at Easter 1941.
The official description of the medal when issued was: ‘A bronze medal approximately one and two fifths inches in diameter. Fashioned (after the manner of the official Irish Army Crest) in the form of a circle of flame representing the sunburst on which eight points of a star are superimposed. Within the circle on the obverse is a representation of the death scene of Cuchullain (a legendary Irish Hero), partially surrounded by an ancient warrior’s sword belt.’
On the back of the medals was the inscription ‘Seachtain na Casca 1916’ (‘Easter Week 1916’). Many of the recipients later chose to have their names engraved on their medal too.
An original 1916 Active Service Medal is occasionally offered for sale at a collectibles auction, usually with a reserve price of several thousand euro. However, our Framed 1916 Active Service Medals and 1916 Active Service Medals Presentation Boxes allow you to own or give a faithful replica of those medals, updated only to mark the centenary, for a fraction of that price.
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