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Summer Olympics
1896 Athens, Greece
1900 Paris, France
1904 St.Louis, USA
1906 Athens, Greece
1908 London, England
1912 Stockholm, Sweeden
1920 Antwerp, Belgium
1924 Paris, France
1928 Amsterdam, Netherlands
1932 Los Angeles, USA
1936 Berlin, Germany
1948 London, England
1952 Helsinki, Finland
1956 Melbourne, Australia
1960 Rome, Italy
1964 Tokyo, Japan
1968 Mexico City, Mexico
1972 Munich, Germany
1976 Montreal, Canada
1980 Moscow, USSR
1984 Los Angeles, USA
1988 Seoul, Korea
1992 Barcelona, Spain
1996 Atlanta, USA
2000 Sydney, Australia
Winter Olympics
1924 Chamonix, France
1928 St.Moritz, Switzerland
1932 Lake Placid, USA
1936 Garmisch, Germany
1948 St.Moritz, Switzerland
1952 Oslo, Norway
1956 Cortina, Italy
1960 Squaw Valley, USA
1964 Innsbruck, Austria
1968 Grenoble, France
1972 Sapporo, Japan
1976 Innsbruck, Austria
1980 Lake Placid, USA
1984 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1988 Calgary, Canada
1992 Albertville, France
1994 Lillehammer, Norway
1998 Nagano, Japan
2002 Salt Lake City, USA

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56 mm


4 mm


64 grams






A silhouette of the Oslo Olympic emblem (city hall) over-stamped with the Olympic rings while the Norwegian legend DE VI. OLYMPISKE VINTERLEKER OSLO 1952 is inscribed along the periphery. The reverse depicts a snowflake with a surrounding Olympic motto CITIUS * ALTIUS *FORTIUS. The initials THM / C.S. (Minter) rest on the lower right corner of city hall (obverse). The medals were presented in a square red box with the Olympic rings printed on the cover. The inside cover has the Minters name TH. MARTHINSEN / NORWAY.


In 1952, the Olympics were finally held in Norway, the birthplace of modern skiing. The Olympic flame was lit in the hearth of the home of Sondre Nordheim, the first famous skier, and relayed by 94 skiers to Oslo. Speed skater Hjallis Andersen starred for the home team, winning three gold medals. His winning margins in the 5,000m and the 10,000m were the largest in Olympic history. In Alpine skiing, the combined event was dropped and replaced by the giant slalom. Andrea Mead Lawrence won both the giant slalom and the slalom even though she was only nineteen years old. Canada won the ice hockey tournament for the fifth time, bringing their cumulative Olympic record to 37 wins, 1 loss and 3 ties. In those 41 games they scored 403 goals while conceding only 34. For the first time, a cross-country skiing event was held for women. The winner was Lydia Wideman of Finland.