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Melbourne 1956

Melbourne 1956The Medals

Melbourne

On the obverse, the traditional goddess of victory, holding a palm in her left hand and a winner’s crown in her right. A design used since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam, created by Florentine artist Giuseppe Cassioli (ITA -1865-1942) and chosen after a competition organised by the International Olympic Committee. For these Games, the picture of victory is accompanied by the specific inscription: "XVIth OLYMPIAD MELBOURNE 1956".

On the reverse, an Olympic champion carried in triumph by the crowd, with the Olympic stadium in the background. N.B.: From 1928 to 1968, the medals for the Summer Games were identical. The Organising Committee for the Games in Munich in 1972 broke new ground by having a different reverse, which was designed by a Bauhaus representative, Gerhard Marcks.

Designer: Giuseppe Cassioli

Composition: 1st Place (Gilt silver), 2nd Place (Silver), 3rd Place (Bronze)

Diameter: Gilt silver (50mm), Silver & Bronze (51mm)

Mint: K. G. Luke Ltd.

Stockholm

On the obverse, the ancient horse and rider emblem of the Equestrian Games in Stockholm is accompanied by the specific inscription: “XVI OLYMPIADENS RYTTARTÄVLINGAR 1956 STOCKHOLM” . The obverse was designed by John Sjösvard.

On the reverse, the Olympic rings with a superimposed torch, a composition based on the design by the Greek artist Vasos Falireas (1905-1979) and approved by the International Olympic Committee. In the background: "OLYMΓIA". Around the design, the motto "CITIUS ALTIUS FORTIUS" and the inscription "JEUX OLYMPIQUES".

Designer: Vasos Falireas; John Sjösvard

Composition: 1st Place (Gilt silver), 2nd Place (Silver), 3rd Place (Bronze)

Diameter: 50mm

Mint: Lagerströms Fabriks AB

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Melbourne
1956

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