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News: the collectors section of the web site has been expanded!


The Olympic Games incite such fascination throughout the world that it is not surprising that items linked to them arouse the interest of collectors. Torches, posters, lapel pins, mascots, medals, stamps and coins are the powerful symbols of the promotion of the Olympic Games. In view of the fascination felt for these items and their growing importance, the web section dedicated to collectors has been expanded by 36 stamps, 20 lapel pins, 15 badges, 2 posters, 3 torches and 3 mascots. Let’s not forget that it is precisely these items which complete the already rich history of the Olympic Movement !


Memorabilia
There are two types of souvenir: those produced for that purpose and those which are generated naturally by the Olympic Games. Let’s look at, for example, the torch of the 2006 Winter Games in Turin: the most recognisable symbol of the Games, the torch was carried by relay runners from its lighting in Olympia to the main stadium where the Opening of the Games was celebrated. Like each host city, Turin created its own design for the torch. The stylistic concept serving as a basis for its design is totally innovative: it is a modern reinterpretation of the traditional wooden torch. Thus the flame surrounds a part of the torch, instead of exiting it from an opening placed at the end as was the case for previous editions of the Games.


As for the posters, they are very popular. It is common for the host city to ask artists to promote the Summer and Winter Games using one or more posters. For the 2004 Games in Athens, the emblem used on one of the posters represented a crown made from an olive branch, or kotinos. The kotinos is directly linked to the history of the Olympic Games of Antiquity since it was used to reward the victors. It also represents the sacred tree of the city of Athens. The colour palette of the emblem is composed of shades of white and blue, elements of the Greek countryside.


Memorabilia





Numismatics
All coins have their history and it is precisely this which gives them their charm. Olympic coins commemorate a major event in the history of a city or country.


Numismatics





Philately
The Olympic Games owe a great deal to philately. It was stamps that saved the 1896 Games, thanks to a commemorative series. More and more countries started to produce stamps to commemorate the Games. Olympic stamps were the first to showcase sport. Thousands of collectors belong to one of the 31 sections of the International Olympic Philately Federation. Among all the series of stamps issued, some anachronisms do exist: for the 1932 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, Austria launched a stamp with a ski jumping motif. Just one important detail: sticks were added to the skier!


Philately

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