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St. Louis 1904 The Medals

On the front, an athlete standing on some steps. In his right hand he holds a laurel crown, the symbol of victory, and he raises his left arm. In the background a bas-relief depicting the sports disciplines of antiquity. Behind it, a Greek temple. The inscription "OLYMPIAD" above the figure of the athlete and "1904" on the rock at the bottom right.

On the back the goddess of victory Nike, who stands on a globe. She holds a laurel crown in her left hand and a palm leaf in her right hand. In front of her a large crown, in the middle a place for the name of the sport discipline. Behind Nike, the bust of Zeus on a pedestal. The inscription "UNIVERSAL EXPOSITION ST. LOUIS U.S.A". The design of these two sides was inspired by the medal from the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 and Paris in 1900. For the first and only time, the medal was tied on a colored ribbon with a pin to attach it to the athlete's chest.

Designer: Dièges & Clust

Materials: 1st place (gold), 2nd place (silver), 3rd place (bronze)

Diameter: Gold & silver (39mm), bronze (38mm)

Mint: Diège & Clust

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