|Diameter:||33 mm||Design by:||Bertram Mac-Kennal|
|Weight:||19 gr (Silver Medal)||Mint:||Vaughton & Sons|
|Obverse:||Two young women are depicted crowning an athlete with alaurel wreath.|
|Reverse:||St. George, patron Saint of England, slaying the dragon.|
|Numbers of Medals:||Gold: 250 Silver: 260 Bronze: 260|
Two sets of Medals were providet, the first
(in gold, silver, and bronze) for winners of first, second, and third prizes
in Olympic events; the second (in silver-gilt, silver, bronze, and metal)
were called Commemoration Medals, one being given to each competitor with
his competitor`s badge, but the three higher classes being reserved for
officials and other who did not compete.
The Art Committee, to whom the organisation
of prizes and awards was entrusted, was composed of Mr. T. A. Cook and
Mr. G. S. Robertson (members of the British Olympic Council), who were
fortunate enough to obtain, in the preliminary stages of their work, the
valuable assistance and advice of Mr. Thomas Brock, R.A., and Mr. A. S.
The olympic victory ceremony 1908 (with diploma)
The commission for designing both kinds of medals was given to Mr. Bertram Mackennal, A.R.A., who also kindly gave the Council designs for the various official badges.
(Source document: Official
Report 1908, page 41 / 42)
For the Prize Medal the figure of St. George for England represented the Games of 1908. The athlete, crowned between two emblematic female figures, was designed to from a permanent side of the Olympic Prize Medal in all future meetings. The name of the champion and of his sport will be incised upon the rim. In the team competitions the presentation of medals was regulated as follows:
- rowing, football, hockey, polo:
- yacht racing:
A commemorative medal, in gold, was also given to the owners of the
Furthermore, in the 12 m and 15 m classes, a gold medal was given to the mate or the leading hand of the winning crew and a silver medal to the mate of the crew in second place.
(Source document: Olympic Review, 1972)
I.—All Awards except Gold Medals.
N.B.—As the Prize-giving involves five separate
Divisions of Prize-Winners, it is
(a) The holder of a prize ticket must walk
up to receive his prize between two flags
Dark Blue Vouchers = Second Prize.
2.10.—All winners of second and third prizes
and of diplomas of merit,
2.15. —The Band of the Grenadier Guards will
play the National Anthems
2.25.—The Drums and Fifes of the Irish Guards
will play the “Advance,”
2.30.—The prize-winners mentioned above will
advance across the grass
A.—Second-prize winners, holding dark-blue
tickets, will advance between
B.—Third-prize winners, holding yellow tickets,
will advance between
C.—Winners of diplomas of special merit will
advance between the lightblue
D.—Recipients of the special commemorative
medals will advance between
The Drums and Bugles of the Irish Guards will
sound the “Advance” as
The Band of the Grenadier Guards will play
the National Folk Songs during
II.—Gold Medals. Holders of Red Vouchers for First Prizes.
4.0.—When the National Anthem announcing the
arrival of the Queen
4.15.—Immediately the 1,600 Metre Relay Race
is over, the Band of the
On descending from the platform in front of
the Royal Box, the winners
5.15.—Her Majesty the Queen will then present her Gold Cup to Dorando Pietri.
5.20.—Her Majesty the Queen will then present
the following Challenge
The Greek Trophy for the Marathon Race.
Winners of the Challenge Cups and Captains
of the winning teams, accompanied
5.30.—The Drums and Bugles of the Irish Guards
will sound after the last
Source document: Official Report 1908, page 653