On the obverse, the traditional goddess of victory, holding a palm in her left hand and a winner’s crown in her right. A design used since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam , created by Florentine artist Giuseppe Cassioli (ITA - 1865-1942) and chosen after a competition organised by the International Olympic Committee. For these Games, the figure of victory is accompanied by the specific inscription: " XVIth OLYMPIAD MELBOURNE 1956 ".
On the reverse, an Olympic champion carried in triumph by the crowd, with the Olympic stadium in the background.
Composition: 1st Place (Gilt silver), 2nd Place (Silver), 3rd Place (Bronze)
Diameter: Gilt silver (50 mm), Silver & Bronze (51 mm)
Mint: K. G. Luke Ltd.