|Diameter:||63 mm||Design by:||Andor Meszaros|
|Thickness:||4 mm||Mint:||K.G. Luke|
|Obverse:||Olympic motto within circle of athletes marching in pairs.|
|Reverse:||Olympic rings over Melbourne coat of arms within legend.|
Mr. Andor Meszaros of Melbourne, by birth a Hungarian but now a naturalized Australian, submitted the design which was accepted for both obverse and reverse of the commemorative medal. The obverse depicts in relief a design of athletes marching in pairs following a single figure bearing a banner with the Olympic device of rings and the motto of the International Olympic Committee Citius, Altius, Fortius. The reverse is a reproduction in relief of the Coat-of-Arms of the City of Melbourne surmounted by the five rings and bearing the inscription " Olympic Games Melbourne 1956 ".
The medal is in bronze, 5/32 inch in thickness
with a diameter of 2½ inches. As most of the recipients of badges
were entitled also to commemorative medals, the numbers were related. Badges
and commemorative medals, moreover, were distributed jointly and on the
same basis ; 12,250 were struck in bronze and were issued in plastic cases.
A summary of details relating to the number ordered and issued is at the
end of this report.
(Source document: Official Report 1956, page 104)