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St. Louis 1904 Summer Olympics Official's Participation Medal

Immensely rare 1904 St. Louis official's participation medal

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Immensely rare 1904 St. Louis official's participation medal

Extremely rare official's participation medal issued for the St. Louis 1904 Summer Olympics. Copper, 40 mm, 30 gm, by Dieges & Clust, New York. The front, inscribed, "Olympic Games, St. Louis, USA, 1904," features an idealized nude athlete mid-stride with a laurel branch in his hand; the reverse features the lengthy text, "1803, Universal Exposition Commemorating the Olympic Games, 1904, Physical Culture Department, Frederick J. V. Skiff, Director of Exhibits," encircled by ivy leaves with the shield emblems of St. Louis, France, and USA. Topped with a loop, this type of medal was originally suspended from a colorful ribbon and issued only to officials; those issued to athletes were identical, but lacked the loop and instead had an entirely plain edge. This is a beautiful example with a handsome, dark patina. The 1904 St. Louis is the rarest and most coveted of all Olympic participation medals.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs
  • Dates: #521 - Ended February 07, 2018