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3010   London 1908 Summer Olympics Bronze Winner’s Medal  $500 $1302 $1433 11 You must login to place a bid.
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#3010 - London 1908 Summer Olympics Bronze Winner’s Medal Estimate: $8,000+

Rare winner's medal issued for water polo at the London 1908 Summer Olympics. Bronze, 33.5 mm, 19 gm, designed by Bertram Mackennel; manufactured by Vaughton & Sons, England. The front, inscribed, "Olympic Games, London 1908," features a victorious athlete being crowned with a laurel wreath by two seated females; the reverse depicts St. George, the patron saint of England, slaying a dragon as a goddess looks on. The rim is engraved with the name of the event, "Third Prize, Water Polo." This medal was awarded to a member of the Swedish men’s water polo team, which placed third after only competing in a single match, an 8-4 loss to Belgium in the semifinals. Great Britain, a team that effectively had byes until the gold medal round, beat Belgium 9-2 in their only match. A women’s Olympic water polo tournament was not instituted until the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. Great Britain dominated the Games with a total of 146 medals, far eclipsing second and third place nations the United States (47) and Sweden (25); Great Britain's top finish in the Olympic medal table marks the only instance the country has done so in its history. An exceptionally scarce winner's medal commemorating Great Britain's triumphant first outing as an Olympic host city. From The Mason Dinehart Collection.

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