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Presented here is an Olympic silver medal from the 1936 Berlin Summer Games. A total of 320 silver medals for 2nd place finishers were minted (same number of gold and bronze), making any winner’s medal from Berlin quiite special. Made of gilt silver, it is designed by Giuseppe Cassioli and measures 55 mm in diameter and 3 mm thick, weighing 74 grams. The obverse features Nike, goddess of victory, seated above stadium holding winner's crown and palm branch with "XI. OLYMPIADE BERLIN 1936" scripted on right. The reverse shows a winner carried by jubilant athletes. Well-preserved in both color and texture, the shiny silver medal presents in NM+ overall condition with some light tarnishing on the reverse. The name of the minter “B.M. Mayer Pforzheim” and the medal’s gilt silver code “990” are engraved on the bottom edge. Although the recipient and event are unknown (no 1936 winner’s medals provided this info), the medal survives as an extraordinary Olympic artifact for the most esteemed collector.

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