XI Olympic Games 1936 Participant's Medal
XI Olympic Games 1936 Participant's Medal - Bronze, weighing 114 grams, designer's name "OTTO PLACEK" on the reverse, obverse illustrating five athletes, representing the five continents, pulling the ropes of the Olympic Bell, inscribed "XI OLYMPIADE" vertically at the left, "BERLIN" vertically at the right and "1936" in the lower right, reverse illustrating the German eagle holding the Olympic Rings in its talons on the face of the Olympic Bell, surrounded by five concentric circles, 69.5 mm, near extremely fine. In its red circular cardboard case, the Olympic Bell insignia in gold on the lid, case better than very fine. Footnote: It is required that every athlete and all persons who participate in an official capacity shall be awarded a commemoration medal. The number of artists whose services were enlisted for this work was intentionally limited. Fifteen were invited to compete, with Berlin sculptor, Otto Placzek being awarded the commission. Bronze was selected as the appropriate metal for this medal, with the required number of 20,000 cast by four Berlin foundries, Heintze & Barth, Sperlich, Noack& Martin, and Pilzing. Otto Placzek was also entrusted with the designing of the other medals issued by the Organizing Committee. These included the commemoration medal for the participants in the aeroplane, automobile and bicycle rallies as well as the medal for the carrier pigeon breeders who offered their birds for the festivities of the opening day. The artist utilized a uniform design for the reverse side of all these medals, the Olympic Bell, as the symbol of the Berlin Games, while the face revealed in each case the individual significance of the medal.