A rare item, this medal is one of only 572 similar medals awarded to senior members of the Royal Irish Constabulary as part of the commemorations for the Coronation of King George V in 1911.
Based on recent research it appears that in the case of the Royal Irish Constabulary these medals were awarded for long and meritorious conduct. It has been shown by research that the average age of the RIC recipient was about 50 years old.
A total of 572 medals were awarded. Considerable research from a varierty of primary source documents was undertaken by Peter McGoldrick, with the result that he produced a nominal roll of all 572 RIC men who received this medal. The medal was issued un-named, however a similar medal in my own collection was privately named on the rim with the recipient’s name and a reference that it was awarded for “Long Service” thus confirming the issue of these medals as a reward to selected RIC men for long and faithful service to the force.
The 1911 Coronation (police) medal on sale here is issued un-named. It is the RIC issue (one of 572). The reverse of the medal has the title “ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY” with the additional wording “CORONATION 1911” This medal was clearly worn on an R.I.C. man’s uniform as there is a pin attachment on the medal ribbon reverse.
The medal is in excellent condition with light toning to the silver disc.