N028380 CASED 1936 OLYMPIC GAMES COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL. (Olympia-Errinerungsmedaille mit Kasten)

BACKGROUND: On February 4TH 1936, prior to introduction of the Olympic Games Commemorative Medal, the German Olympic Merit Decoration was introduced in two classes, with the 1ST class Decoration being a neck award and the 2ND class Decoration being a breast award. The 1ST class Decoration was awarded to personnel who made significant contributions to the organization of the games and the 2ND class Decoration was awarded to personnel for distinguished service during the games. The Olympic Games Commemorative Medal was instituted on July 31ST 1936 for award to German nationals and foreign personnel who assisted in the preparation and organization of the 11TH Summer and 4TH Winter Olympic games in Berlin and Garmisch-Partenkirchen respectively. Only 54,915 Olympic Games Commemorative Medals were awarded making it a relatively scarce medal.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 37mm diameter, silver plated, die struck steel medal, with suspension ring and ribbon. The medal features, to its obverse, a spread-winged eagle clutching a wreathed, mobile swastika in its talons, which has "19" and "36" to either side of it, all against a column surmounted by the five Olympic "rings." To the reverse is the script, "Für Verdienstvolle Mitarbeit Bei Den Olympischen Spielen 1936" (For Meritorious Collaboration At The Olympic Games 1936), with a spray of oak leaves beneath. The award comes its original red rayon ribbon with narrow black edge stripes and five narrow central stripes with original pin back device. The award comes housed in its original 65mm x 112mm, wooden construction presentation case with a white simulated grained leather covering with the Olympic "rings" impressed in gold to the top cover. The case has a magnetic, staggered internal bar hinge to the reverse and a non-magnetic push button locking mechanism to the obverse. The top left side of the case is missing. The interior of the case has a very pale grey satin lining to the top lid and a grey velvet lining to the bottom with a cut-out circular recessed area for the award and a small rectangular area for the ribbon pin back device. Nice untouched original example.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $200.00

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