Commemorative German 1936 Olympic Medal

Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW5183 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Commemorative German 1936 Olympic Medal is a nice, representative example of this prewar Third Reich award. Both sides show some evident wear, with scattered marks as well as an even, uncleaned patina. The obverse depicts a German national eagle and swastika emblem under Olympic rings, with the date “1936.” The reverse indicates the award was bestowed for valuable work for the 1936 Olympic Games. The original suspension ring is intact, with no damage, and is unmarked. There is no ribbon. This Commemorative German 1936 Olympic Medal has a nice look, and remains in excellent condition.



Historical Description: The “Deutsche Olympia Erinnerungsmedaille 1936,” or German Olympic Decoration, was instituted by Adolf Hitler on July 31, 1936, to recognize services to the 1936 Olympic Games. It was awarded to people who did not meet the strict criteria for the previously instituted Olympia-Ehrenzeichen honor award, but who nevertheless had shown merit in planning and executing the Games. Recommendations for the award were reviewed by Reichsminister des Innern Dr. Frick. The award was bestowed along with a document that bore a facsimile of Hitler’s signature. The medals were produced in a range of metals, including copper, bronze, white metal, brass alloy, zinc, and iron. The silver finish was either matte or shiny. About 55,000 of the medals were awarded.



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