Lot #6049
London 1948 Summer Olympics Gold Winner's Medal

The elusive gold medal of the 1948 London Games—our first offered
 
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Estimate: $25000+

Description

The elusive gold medal of the 1948 London Games—our first offered

Winner's medal issued for the London 1948 Summer Olympics. Gilt silver, 51 mm, 69 gm, by Giuseppe Cassioli. The front, inscribed, "XIVth Olympiad, London, 1948," features a 'Seated Victory' with the Coliseum in the background; the reverse portrays a winner carried by jubilant athletes. The medal features slight areas of darkening. Includes the scarce addition of the original maroon presentation case, which bears trivial wear. A classic gold medal from a truly momentous Olympiad—the London Games represented the first Summer Olympics since 1936 after a twelve-year hiatus due to World War II. With only 138 first place winner's medals awarded, they remain quite scarce, with this being the very first 1948 London top prize that we have offered.

Auction Info

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