Coins and Historical Medals (9 February 2021)

Date of Auction: 9th February 2021

Sold for £170

Estimate: £90 - £120

Drogheda Grammar School, silver award medals by J. Woodhouse (2), named (Rev. H. Carr Hd. Master, Xmas Exam 1867, G.C. Hoyte; Rev. F.S. Aldhouse MA Head Master, Cyril J.U. Murphy, Head of the School Summer 1915), both 44mm [2]. First about extremely fine, second virtually as struck, both toned; latter in original case of issue by Edmond Johnson Ltd, Dublin, Jewellers to His Majesty £90-£120


Cyril James Ussher Murphy (1899-1957), aka ‘Mad Murphy’ or ‘Spud’, was one of a set of twins born to Revd. James Murphy (†1919) and his wife, Emmeline, of Rathcore. Referred to as ‘the genius of the family’ by other members of it, he suffered from meningitis as a child. Exceptionally bright, he was educated at the Abbey School in Tipperary, Drogheda Grammar and Trinity College, Dublin, where he secured the Medical Travelling Prize. This enabled him to work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in the immediate post-War years, returning to Dublin in 1922 and the Meath Hospital, where he remained for the rest of his career. Much further information about him and his family is available online