US Coins

1936 Berlin Olympics gold winners medal at auction

A gold medal won at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin by the captain of Germany’s rowing team, Gustav Schafer, is being offered at auction April 12 by RR Auction.

Schafer took first-place honors rowing in the single sculls competition. Germany dominated the rowing competition, winning a medal in each of the seven events, including five golds.

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The 57-millimeter gilt silver medal weighing 72 grams was designed for the Berlin 1936 Summer Olympics by Italian painter and sculptor Giuseppi Cassioli.

The medal’s obverse features Victory, seated, with the Coliseum in the background. The reverse depicts a winning athlete being carried by jubilant competitors. The bottom edge of the medal is engraved incuse with the manufacturer’s hallmark, B.H. MAYER, PFORZHEIM.

”ThomasHow $75 worth of Thomas Jefferson’s silver helped launch the U.S. Mint: Inside Coin World: On the morning of July 11, 1792, Thomas Jefferson took a historic two-block stroll through the streets of Philadelphia carrying $75 worth of his own silver.

The medal is housed in its original leather presentation case. Also included in the lot is a small Olympic Rings pin; and a winner’s ribbon issued for rowing, manufactured by Lauer, featuring the Olympics rings over the Brandenburg Gate, with the badge engraved “XL Olympiade Berlin 1936, 758,” and the original blue ribbon with text, “Rudern, Mannschaftsfuhrer.”

The medal has an estimate of $15,000+.

A buyer’s fee of 22.5 percent will be added to the final closing hammer price.

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