Description of Athens 2004 Olympic Winner Medals
Thirteen kilos of pure gold, about a ton of silver and about a ton of bronze. Those were the ingredients for the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals. The production process was laborious. A maximum of 150 medals could be produced a day, as there was a very strict quality control.
On the "obverse" of the Athens 2004 Olympic medals is the statue of Nike by Paeonius (ΝΙΚΗ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΙΩΝΙΟΥ), placed in the Panathinaiko Stadion (Panathenian Stadium) where the Games were revived in 1896, with the Acropolis in the background. The "reverse" shows the flame from the Olympic Torch Relay, a quotation from Pindar's Eighth Olympian Ode and the ATHENS 2004 emblem.
The design of the medal is by Elena Votsi and the relief is by Kostas Kazakos.
Nearly 3000 medals were cut: 986 gold, 986 silver and 1150 bronze.
Bronze and silver medals were struck from pure bronze and pure silver, using one and the same process. Gold medals required a special process, with a coat of gold of a particular thickness - matching IOC specifications - being laid on the base of silver of which the medal is made. All medals were sent to be finished by the hands of expert craftsmen.
After being finished, gold medals were sent to a certified Swiss laboratory, working in partnership with the IOC, for their coating of gold. The medals were coated with a deep layer of gold, by an electrolytic process of absolute accuracy.
Each medal weighs roughly 150 gr and is 60 mm in diameter. The Gold Medal is coated with 6 grams of pure gold. The gold used is 75 microns deep, as per IOC specifications - deeper than the ordinary coating process which only has a depth of 50 microns.
This Listing includes the following Items:
1. Three Genuine, Authentic, Athens 2004 "Olympic Winner Medals, Extremely Fine, in Excellent Condition with multi-color ribbons. Medals like that, were awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Winners of the 28th Olympiad of the modern era, which took place in Athens, Greece between 13 - 29 August, 2004. These medals are unawarded.
2. Three Genuine, Authentic "Medal Cases" carrying the official Logotype of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Cases like that, were specially made to accomodate the OIympic Winner Medals of the 28th Olympiad, which took place in Athens, Greece between 13 - 29 August, 2004.
3. Three Original, Authentic "Olympic Winner Certificates" specially made for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Certificates like that, were given to Olympic Winner Medallists of the 28th Olympiad, which took place in Athens, Greece between 13 - 29 August, 2004. These Certificates are new and unused and carry the Signatures of the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the President of the Athens 2004 Organising Committee (ATHOC). The Certificates are written in 3 Languages (Greek, English and French).
All Items in this Listing are "Genuine and Authentic" and they are great Collector's items.
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