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3033   Lake Placid 1932 Winter Olympics Bronze Participation Medal  $1000 $1774 $1952 7 You must login to place a bid.
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#3033 - Lake Placid 1932 Winter Olympics Bronze Participation Medal Estimate: $7,000+

Handsome participation medal from the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics—America's first Winter Games

Scarce participation medal issued for the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Bronze, 60 mm x 48 mm, 83 gm. The front depicts the winged figure of Fame blowing into a long horn against a wintry landscape, with the Olympic rings above; the reverse, inscribed “III Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1932,” features six shields of winter events, with scenes of curling and dogsledding below. The top edge lacks the typical Robbins Company hallmark. A beautifully designed Olympic medal from America’s premiere Winter Games, made all the more desirable by its scarcity.

Note: several of these medals without the Robbins Co. mark on the edge, have surfaced in recent years. Based on an investigation and conversation, some years ago, with the Museum of Connecticut History, it seems that these medals were additionally struck by the Robbins Company shortly after the 1932 Winter Olympics, and presented to various institutions. This originally came to light when the Museum of Connecticut History deaccessioned their collection of 1932 Lake Placid Olympic medals and badges in 1998, and auctioned them through Stack’s & Bowers Galleries in New York City. In the collection were several 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Participation Medals and Winner’s Medals, all without the Robbins Company stamp in the edge; this absence does not detract from the desirability or collectability of these sought-after medals.

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