Summer Games St. Louis 1904 Medal
On the obverse, an athlete standing on some steps, holding in his right hand a laurel crown, symbol of victory, and raising his left arm. In the background, a bas relief illustrating the sports disciplines from Antiquity. Behind, a Greek temple. Above the figure of the athlete, the inscription OLYMPIAD and on the rock bottom right "1904".<br /><br /> On the reverse, the goddess Nike, goddess of victory, standing on a globe. She is holding a laurel crown in her left hand and a palm leaf in her right hand. In front of her, a great crown, with in the centre a space for putting the name of the sports discipline. Behind Nike, the bust of Zeus on a plinth. The inscription <a href="http://www.olympic.org/st-louis-1904-summer-olympics">“UNIVERSAL EXPOSITION ST. LOUIS U.S.A”.</a> <br /><br /> The design of these two sides was inspired by the medal of the <a href="http://www.olympic.org/athens-1896-summer-olympics">1896 Games in Athens and </a><a href="http://www.olympic.org/paris-1900-summer-olympics">1900 Games in Paris.</a> For the first and only time, the medal was attached to a coloured ribbon with a pin to fix it to the athlete’s chest.