Lot #9641
Athens 2004 Summer Olympics Gold Winner's Medal

Rare and sought-after gold medal from 2004 Athens Olympics
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Estimate: $15000+

Description

Rare and sought-after gold medal from 2004 Athens Olympics

Phenomenal winner’s medal issued for the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics. Gilt silver, 61 mm, 148 gm, by Elena Votsi and Kostas Kazakos. The front depicts the winged goddess of Victory soaring into the Panathinaikos Arena, with Greek characters and Olympic rings above; the reverse features the Eternal Flame of Olympia, the opening lines of Pindar's Eighth Olympic Ode, and the 2004 Summer Games logo, with the sport engraved in Greek lettering along the bottom, “μπ?ιζμπολ- Ανδρων [Baseball-Men].” Completed by the original multicolored ribbon and wooden presentation box with metal slipcase. The 2004 Athens winner’s medals replaced the long-held ‘seated Victory’ design by Giuseppe Cassioli, rectifying the mistake of using a depiction of the Roman Colosseum rather than a Greek venue. The athlete's name will be disclosed to the winning bidder.

Held at the Helliniko Olympic Complex between August 15-25, the baseball tournament of the 2004 Athens Games consisted of a preliminary round robin format—all eight teams playing each other once—before the top four countries advanced to the medal rounds. The tournament was notably without powerhouse baseball nations like Mexico, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, and the United States, the reigning gold medal winners who lost in a single elimination qualifying game against Mexico. After a 6-1 record in the preliminary rounds, the Cuban national team ousted Canada in the semifinals and then Australia in the championship, winning 6-2 and earning their third Olympic gold medal in the past four Summer Games. An absolutely brilliant offering that represents the first 2004 Summer Olympics winner's medal we have ever offered.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Sports Auction
  • Dates: #528 - Ended June 21, 2018