Medals relating to the Easter Rising in 1916 had a mixed fate at Spink in New York yesterday. Medals awarded to Sean T. O’Kelly, the former President of Ireland, failed to sell. They had a low estimate of $12,000.
The highest price was paid for medals awarded to the British Army Captain Campbell Kelly. He was later convicted of bigamy and the lot included his Military Cross and George Cross. They sold for $9,500. The medals awarded to Miss Bridget Connolly of Cumann na mBan for her rose at the GPO in Dublin during the Rising and in the War of Independence went to a telephone bidder from Ireland for $7,250.
They came up as part of the two day Numismatic Collectors Series Sale.