Olympic winners medals at auction in upcoming sale

Includes awards from 1920, 1932, 1948 and 1980 competitions
By , Coin World
Published : 08/23/16
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Four winners medals from four different Summer Olympic Games are being offered by RR Auction in the firm’s 998-lot sale closing Sept. 14.

The medals offered are a bronze, third-place medal from the 1920 games in Antwerp, Belgium; a silver, second-place medal from the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics; a silver, second-place medal from the 1948 Summer Olympics in London; and a bronze, third-place medal from the boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

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The sport for which each medal was awarded is known for only the 1980 medal, but unknown for the other three. The athlete to whom each medal was awarded is also unknown to the auction house. 

1920 bronze medal

The 60-millimeter medal by sculptor Josue Dupon depicts on its obverse a victorious athlete holding a laurel wreath and palm branch, with a statue of Renommee in the background. The reverse depicts the Brabo fountain above the Antwerp shield, with the Cathedral of Our Lady and city looming in the background

The medal, with an estimate beyond $5,000, is housed in its original red leather case, gilt-stamped with a legend indicating it is for a third place finisher.

1932 medal

The silver medal presented at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics is 55 millimeters in diameter and carries an estimate of more than $8,000.

Italian painter and sculptor Giuseppe Cassioli designed the Olympic winners’ medals. The medal’s obverse features  a seated Victory with the Coliseum in the background.

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