Lot # 986: 1932 LOS ANGELES SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES 2ND PLACE WINNER'S SILVER MEDAL

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Item was in Auction "Winter Premier Auction 2017",
which ran from 1/4/2017 1:00 PM to
1/21/2017 8:00 PM



Featured here is a 2nd Place Winner's Silver Medal from the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games. Held during the worldwide Great Depression, many nations and athletes were unable to pay for the trip to Los Angeles. There were less than half the number of participants as the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Olympics. Only 320 silver medals were minted (same number of gold and bronze), making it all the more special to be able to acquire one at auction. Designed by Giuseppe Cassioli of Florence, Italy, and minted by Whitehead & Hoag, it weighs 68 grams and measures 55mm in diameter and 4mm thick. The obverse shows Nike, Goddess of Victory, seated above the stadium holding a winner's crown and palm branch with "Xth OLYMPIAD LOS ANGELES 1932" scripted on the right. The reverse shows a winner carried by jubilant athletes. Well-preserved in both color and texture, the medal presents NM-MT with some toning and handling. The recipient and event are unknown as no 1932 winner's medals provided this information.

Includes Letter of Authenticity from renowned Olympic memorabilia expert Ingrid O'Neil.