Lot 864

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Scarce example of a cased Olympia-Erinnerungsmedaille, or 'German Olympic Memorial Medal', instituted July 31st 1936 for services rendered to the 1936 Olympic Games. The medal is silver-plated, die-stamped steel, bearing a German national eagle in front of a pedestal with the five Olympic rings to the top. The eagle is flanked by '1936', and the reverse depicts the script 'For Meritorious Collaboration at the Olympic Games 1936' above a four-piece oak leaf and acorn cluster. To the top is a soldered-on loop and ring with original rayon ribbon. Fine condition, with a still-beautiful silver wash! Housed in the appropriate case, constructed of wood and pressed cardboard with a simulated white, leather covering. To the top is a pressed, gilt Olympic rings and border. The interior top lid is lined in a gray silk and has an underlying pad. The bottom interior of the case is covered in a light blue/grey velvet and outlines the award, ring and pin. To the front is a functioning spring-loaded closure button. Despite the 'Nazified' imagery shown in this state-issued medal, it is interestingly that in 'official' Olympic medals, the IOC forbid Hitler and Goebbels to add a swastika for fear of politicizing the event.

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December 8, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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