Olympic Games 1956 Melbourne

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Olympic Participation Medal  1956 Melbourne         Olympic Participation Medal  1956 Melbourne

Diameter: 63 mm Design by: Andor Meszaros
Weight: 105 gr Mint: K.G. Luke
Thickness: 4 mm Participants: 3,342
Obverse: Olympic motto within circle of athletes marching in pairs.
Reverse: Olympic rings over Melbourne coat of arms within legend.

participation medal olympic games 1956 melbourne

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  Commemorative Medals 1956

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)

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