Featured, from The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, is a Mint Condition 1908 Silver Medal (30mm) - Presented in London, England, at the IV Olympiad. Interestingly, the Olympic Sport was for Racquets - The first and only time this event was Sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.). An Elite Athlete, that competed in this event, almost always competed at the Olympics in Tennis as well. And that was the case with the Elite Winner of this Olympic Prize Medal, one Henry Leaf of Great Britain
FEATURING - FRONT OF A MINT CONDITION OLYMPIC SILVER MEDAL
THE STUNNING VERSO OF THE 1908 OLYMPIC WINNERS MEDAL
Not only is the Silver Winners Medal in Near Mint Condition but the equally Prized Original Presentation Case also accompanies this Historical piece of Perfection. It is Ebony in color and is Impressively Embossed in a Striking Gilt trim.
THE RARE & HANDSOME PRESENTATION CASE THAT ACCOMPANIED THE OLYMPIC WINNERS MEDAL IN 1908
In these 1908 Olympics a Major Controversy erupted. Heated arguments arose among the American Delegation and the British Delegation. United States, Team Management, accused the British Host Nation of Judge Partiality. In other words, the Americans accused the British of Cheating. After further Investigation, the I.O.C. agreed with the Accusations made by the Americans and they Ordered Major changes in future Olympiads. All Official Judges would, henceforth - and for the very first time, be used from multiple Competing Nations.
Another contentious issue was the fact that some Men had resisted for years Equality in Sports for Women. There was continued insistence by various Competitive Women (and by some men) that they be allowed to compete in many more Olympic Events. Eventually the Powers That Be consented - But it was a long hard road for Deserving Elite Women Athletes. But their logical position eventually prevailed. And we, as Olympic Supporters and Spectators are the better for it. And so are the Internationally Popular Olympic Games.
ONE OF FEW EVENTS THAT ELITE WOMEN ATHLETES WERE PERMITTTED TO COMPETE IN WAS ARCHERY - PROVIDED THEY WORE EXCESSIVE "COMPETITIVE" CLOTHING
Currently this Rare 1908 Silver Winners Medal, with its Striking Original Presentation Case, is in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2010