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St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

Composition: Copper
Shape / Size: Octagon / 40 mm x 3 mm thick
Weight: 30 grams
Edge: Plain
Mintage: Unknown (Est. 1000)
Designer: ?


The obverse depicts a nude figure (striding in front of a trellis-like design), holding a laurel branch with the sun rising over his right shoulder. The words, OLYMPIC GAMES / SAINT LOUIS / 19 USA 04 are placed in different locations of the openings in the trellis design. The reverse displays crests of France, St. Louis and the United States against a backdrop of ivy leaves. The legend, 1803 UNIVERSAL EXPOSITION COMMEMORATING THE OLYMPIC GAMES 1904 PHYSICAL CULTURAL DEPARTMENT is crowded atop its surfaces.


The 1904 St. Louis Olympics organizers repeated all of the worst mistakes of 1900. The Olympic competitions, spread out over four and a half months, were lost in the chaos of a world's fair. Of the 84 events generally considered to have been part of the Olympic program, only 42 included athletes who were not from the United States. The 1904 Olympics did have a few highlights. They were the first at which gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for first, second and third place. Boxing and freestyle wrestling made their debuts. Marathon runners Len Tau and Jan Mashiani, Tswana tribesmen who were in St. Louis as part of the Boer War exhibit at the world's fair, became the first Africans to compete in the Olympics. One of the most remarkable athletes was the American gymnast George Eyser, who won six medals even though his left leg was made of wood. Chicago runner James Lightbody won the steeplechase and the 800m and then set a world record in the 1500m.

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