A Simple Souvenir: Coins and Medals of the Olympic Games

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by Peter G. van Alfen (2004)

Hardcover, 160 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-293-8
ISBN-10: 0-89722-293-8
Price: US$4.98 (no Member discount)

In this richly illustrated catalogue of the ANS exhibit, “Full Circle: The Olympic Heritage in Coins and Medals,” the author examines the role that numismatic material relating to both the ancient and modern Games has played in social and political contexts. In addition to the introductory essay, the catalogue provides a brief overview of the history of the Games and discusses over 130 objects, including ancient Greek coins, vases, and sporting equipment, as well as modern medals, coins, and Olympic ephemera.

Contents:

The ancient Olympics
The Baron’s Games begin: Athens, 1896
Olympiad II: Paris, 1900
Olympiad III: St. Louis, 1904
The unofficial Olympics: Athens, 1906
Olympiad IV: London, 1908
Olympiad V: Stockholm, 1912
Olympiad VI: Berlin, 1916 (cancelled)
Olympiad VII: Antwerp, 1920
Olympiad VIII: Paris, 1924
Olympiad IX: Amsterdam, 1928
Olympiad X: Los Angeles, 1932
Olympiad XI: Berlin, 1936
Post-Second World War Olympic coins and medals
Bibliography