1956 Melbourne Olympic Games Participation Medal designed by Andor Meszaros. Also known for his work, the 1967 Swan Pattern Dollar and the father of Michael Meszaros also well known in art, sculpture and coin circles.
This Olympic participation medal was given to all those involved in the games including torch runners and Olympic officials. So those athletes that didn’t win a gold, silver or bronze medal still received one of these as memento of their efforts.
12,250 of these medals were struck although only 11,305 were formally issued. This medal weighs 105 grams and is 63mm in diameter. Carlisle reference c/1956/5.
The obverse depicts, in relief, a design of athletes marching in pairs following a single figure bearing a banner with the Olympic device of rings and the motto of the International Olympic Committee Citius, Altius, Fortius. The reverse is a reproduction, in relief, of the Coat-of-Arms of the City of Melbourne surmounted by the five rings and bearing the inscription ” Olympic Games Melbourne 1956″.
Both the obverse and reverse depict the artists signature and the reverse K.G.Luke Ltd who struck these medals.