NGC-certified Medal from the First Modern Olympics Stars in April Karamitsos Sale

Posted on 3/2/2021

The silver rarity was the highest prize an athlete could win at the 1896 games in Greece.

An Olympic medal rarity certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is among the offerings in the next sale presented by the auction house A. Karamitsos, which has been in the philately trade for more than 40 years. World coins and medals certified by NGC and banknotes certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) are featured in Part A and Part B of Karamitsos' Public & Live Internet Auction 676. Online bidding is already underway for the sale, which will be held April 3-4, 2021.

Greece 1896-Dated Silver Medal from the First Modern Olympics graded NGC UNC Details
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The Greece 1896-Dated Silver Medal from the First Modern Olympics is graded NGC UNC Details (lot 6739) and has a starting price of €40,000 (about $48,400). The medal's obverse shows Zeus and the goddess Victory, while the reverse shows the ruins of the Acropolis in Athens.

In 1896, the Greek capital hosted the rebirth of an ancient sports competition: The Olympics. At the inaugural games, the silver medal was the top prize for athletes; these accomplishments are now considered gold-medal achievements.

Other NGC-certified rarities in the sale include:

  • A Greece 1830 10 Lepta (Pearl Circle) graded NGC VF 35 BN (lot 6018), with a starting price of €1,700 (about $2,100 USD)
  • A Greece 1833A 5 Drachmas graded NGC MS 61 (lot 6044), with a starting price of €7,000 (about $8,500 USD)
  • A Greece 1843 10 Lepta graded NGC MS 63 BN (lot 6056), with a starting price of €2,200 (about $2,700 USD)
  • A Greece 1851 Drachma (Small Head) graded NGC AU 53 (lot 6061), with a starting price of €6,500 (about $7,900 USD)
  • A Greece 1857 10 Lepta graded NGC MS 64 BN (lot 6065), with a starting price of €1,900 (about $2,300 USD)
  • A Greece 1911 2 Drachmas graded NGC MS 65 (lot 6093), with a starting price of €4,000 (about $4,800 USD)
  • A Greece 1921H 50 Lepta graded NGC MS 63 (lot 6098), with a starting price of €3,800 (about $4,600 USD)
  • A Crete 1900A 20 Lepta graded NGC SP 66 Cameo (lot 6297), with a starting price of €3,500 (about $4,200 USD)
  • A Crete 1901 2 Drachmas graded NGC MS 61 (lot 6298), with a starting price of €6,500 (about $7,900 USD)
  • A Cyprus 1966 Gold 5 Pounds Medallic Issue graded NGC PF 66 (lot 6323), with a starting price of €2,500 (about $3,000 USD)
  • An 1828-dated Greece Bronze Ioannes Kapodistrias Medal graded NGC MS 63 BN (lot 6736), with a starting price of €1,000 (about $1,200 USD)
  • A Bulgaria 1882 2 Leva graded NGC MS 64 (lot 6771), with a starting price of €1,200 (about $1,500 USD)
  • A Bulgaria 1916 50 Stotinki graded NGC MS 63 (lot 6780), with a starting price of €400 (about $500 USD)
  • A Great Britain 1804 Half Guinea graded NGC AU 58 (lot 6830), with a starting price of €500 (about $600 USD)
  • An India AH1204//19 1/4 Rupee graded NGC MS 65 (lot 6949), with a starting price of €300 (about $350 USD)
  • A Mexico 1778MO FF 8 Reales graded NGC AU 53 (lot 7009), with a starting price of €600 (about $725 USD)
  • A Colombia 1808 Silver Bogota Medal graded NGC MS 62 (lot 7359), with a starting price of €230 (about $275 USD)
  • A Germany (1701-67) Baptismal Taler graded NGC XF 45 (lot 7367), with a starting price of €350 (about $425 USD)
  • An Italy 1686-dated Silver Victory Over Turks Medal graded NGC AU 58 (lot 7376), with a starting price of €750 (about $900 USD)
  • An Italy 1716-dated Defense of Corfu Medal graded NGC MS 61 (lot 7377), with a starting price of €350 (about $425 USD)
  • A Romania 1901-dated Bronze Mihai Viteazul Medal graded NGC MS 62 BN (lot 7381), with a starting price of €200 (about $250 USD)

All starting prices provided by the auction house.


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