Lot #6001
Athens 1896 Olympics Silver 'First Place' Winner's Medal

The elusive first place medal from the debut of the modern Olympics—the first we have ever offered
 
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Estimate: $75000+

Description

The elusive first place medal from the debut of the modern Olympics—the first we have ever offered

Exceedingly rare first-place winner’s medal issued for the Athens 1896 Olympics. Silver, 50 mm, 67 gm, by Jules Clement Chaplain. The front depicts a relief portrait of Zeus holding Nike, the goddess of Victory, in the palm of his hand, with text along left side, “Olympia”; the reverse bears a detailed view of the Acropolis of Athens topped by the Parthenon, with raised Greek characters to upper and lower portion (translated), “International Olympic Games in Athens, 1896.” Stamped “Argent” on the edge.

At the inaugural modern Olympiad, first-place winners were awarded silver medals and second-place finishers earned bronze prizes; there was no award for a third-place result. Any winner's medal from the historic debut of the 1896 Olympic Games remains exceedingly rare—this example represents just the third that we have ever offered, and the premiere instance of a first place medal, which are among the most sought-after accolades in the realm of sport.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Olympic Memorabilia
  • Dates: #613 - Ended July 22, 2021