Irish Scholars Silver Merit Medals Awarded to Richard & Arthur Orpen – Ireland 1801 & 1842.
Text from recently sold medals on Ebay.
3 – (probably silver) engraved medals dating from 1801 and 1842.
One is awarded to Master A.B. Orpen by Doctor Orpen “For Good Conduct and Diligence”- 21st Dec. 1842.
The other two are awarded to Richard and Arthur Orpen, both dated Nov 2nd 1801 and both engraved for “Catechism Premium”.
I haven’t had these tested but I’d be very surprised if they weren’t silver.
The two larger ones are about 62mm x 40mm and weigh approx. 12 grams each .
The smaller one is 33mm across and weighs about 15 grams.
“I think Doctor Orpen is Dr. Charles Edward Herbert Orpen (31 October 1791 – April 1856) was an Irish physician, writer and clergyman who founded the Claremont Institution for the Deaf and Dumb at Glasnevin, Dublin”.
Post by Dominic Lee, Orpen Research Archives.