MATERIAL: Bronze (Gilt)
TYPE: Medal
DIMENSIONS: Diameter 50 mm
WEIGHT: 58 grams
CONDITION: EX condition
NOTES: Additional details and provenance for the Harmer Johnson Olympic Collection.
ITEM ID: 4010
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1896 Athens Summer Olympics Participation Medal

Year: 1896
Decade: 1890s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

The first edition of the Modern Games was properly headquartered in the city where the Olympics were born millennia earlier, the ancient city of Athens, Greece. Here we encounter a participation medal presented to an athlete engaged in the historic event.

The medal features seated Nike holding laurel wreath, phoenix rising out of flames, Acropolis in background. Verso holds five-line Greek legend in laurel wreath.

Name: Nikephoros Lytras
Type: Designer