First place winners were awarded a silver medal, an olive branch and a diploma. Those in second place were given a bronze/copper medal, a branch of laurel and a diploma.
The obverse side of the Athens medal has Zeus' face along with his hand holding a globe with the winged victory on it, with the inscription “ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑ". The reverse side had the Acropolis site with the inscription “ΔΙΕΘΝΕΙΣ · ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΟΙ · ΑΓΩΝΕΣ ΕΝ · ΑΘΗΝΑΙΣ · 1896."
Designer: Jules Clément CHAPLAIN
Composition: 1st Place (Silver), 2nd Place (Bronze Copper)
Diameter: 48 mm
Mint: Monnaie de Paris