Wenlock Olympian Society Medal

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Wenlock Olympian Society Medal

The medal was made by Queen Victoria's silversmith, Hunt and Roskell at a cost of £84 4s 0dThe Wenlock Olympian Games introduced a Pentathlon coin 1868, with a prize of a handsome first class silver medal. The oval die for the medal, dies for cross with wreath and dies for the emblematical bar with ribbon supporters and motto of the Society were supplied in 1865/66 at a cost of £84 4 shillings. The medal was presented for the General Competition or Pentathlon as it became known and shows the figure of Nike, Goddess of Victory, with an inscription taken from Pindar's Olympic Odes, signifying 'there are rewards for glorious deeds.' The medal reflects William Penny Brookes' interest in promoting the physical and cultural development of 'all grades of man', the need for a strong military force as well as the classical world and the Ancient Olympian Games and traditions. This medal and the medal ceremony at which it was presented helped inspire Baron Pierre de Coubertin to start the international Olympic Games.

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