Olympic winners medals from four different games 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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The reverse depicts a winner carried by jubilant athletes.

The medal is housed in its original beige cardboard presentation box with silver triangular metal plate on bottom designating second place finisher.

1948 silver medal

The same designs that Cassioli executed for the 1932 medals were replicated for the 1948 medal for the London Summer Olympics. The 55-millimeter medal carries an estimate of more than $8,000.  

Three hundred of these second-place winner’s medals were produced for the London Games, but only 136 were awarded. 

1980 bronze

The 1980 bronze medal, 60 millimeters in diameter, was struck at the Moscow Mint. The obverse design is by Cassioli, the reverse designed by Ilya Postol.

The obverse depiction of seated Victory and rendition of the Coliseum differs from Cassioli’s work on the 1932 and 1948 medals. The reverse features the Moscow Olympic emblem and Olympic flame.

The edge is stamped incuse in Cyrillic, designating the sport for which it was issued as wrestling. There is no indication as to whether the medal was issued for freestyle or Greco-Roman wrestling, or for what weight class.

The medal, with ane estimate of $5,000+, is suspended from its original five-colored ribbon in blue, red, yellow, and two shades of green.

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