Obverse of the silver (first place) medal at a different angle, showing further detail
A copper medal was given those in second place. The reverse features the Acropolis and, in Greek, "International Olympic Games in Athens in 1896".
Silver (first place) medal with the face of Zeus, his hand holding a globe surmounted by winged Victory.
A silver medal was awarded to the winner of each event during the 1896 Summer Olympics.
1896 Olympic games participating countries
Carl Schuhmann (left) and Georgios Tsitas shake hands before the final match of the wrestling competition.
Launceston Elliot, winner of the one-armed weightlifting event, was popular with the Greek audience, who found him very handsome.
Singles final in 1896 Olympic tennis
Tennis at the 1896 Summer Olympics
Alfréd Hajós, the first Olympic champion in swimming, is one of only two Olympians to have won medals in both sport and art competitions.