High objects of State (letters patent from Queen Victoria, each w/ Great Seal):
Author of Balfour Declaration - 1898 diplomatic credentials, for talks with Germany |
Chancellor of the Exchequer letters patent of Gladstone, 1873
The (Swedish General) Viktor Balck Olympic Games- Founding Archive
Swedish gold and bronze medals honoring Viktor Balck | Viktor Balck 1912 Stockholm Olympics book Tower and Sword collar of Viktor Balck
Civil War Gillmore Medal to Jewish officer who helped 1863 "Glory" charge toward Ft. Wagner 1863
Statesmen |Koerber - 1920s friend, then foe of Hitler |The Viktor von Koerber WWI Aviation Archive|
Presentation keys, gold medal to major U.K. statesman Award Documents to important 19th century European diplomats
The JFK and staffers convention badges etc. Archive: I.D. Badges to JFK and Secretary Ev Lincoln Mass. Labor Federation badge (major speech) 1960 Democratic Nomination campaign: aide Bob Troutman
Heroines | "Girl who defied Hitler" at 1936 Olympics: biography Inge Sorensen Archive: items First ever (gold NYC) Women's Club Medal of Honor Award Diplomas to great Jewess opera singer
The Poignant Mayer family Jewish Heroism for (in WWI) and Flight from (pre-WWII) Germany Archive
Presentation trowel etc. to president of "philanthropic" society for troubled girls
Swedish Sports Association 1934 Athletics Day Balck portrait medal honoring what would have been his 90th birthday, (he died 1928) bronze, 40mm., obverse containing his motto "EDIFY SWEDES BY SPORT."
Reverse bottom small inscription "Westins ateljé Stockhlom"
Awards of Outstanding International Importance to Statesmen and Heroines
Swedish Mint, "Viktor Balck 80 Yrs.", 25 April 1924,
by Erik Lindberg.
57mm. diameter, 143.6 grams;
edge stamped "GULD 1924".
Inscription on reverse means "Gymnastics and athletics bind your garlands... on 25 APRIL 1924"
According to p.21 of Medaljgravoren Erik Lindberg 1873-1966, by Ulla Ehrensvärd (1988), one gold copy of this medal was given to Balck, one to the King of Sweden, and the rest of those struck were in silver; the Swedish passage reads "Upplaga: Guld till V. Balck, silver." (No mention of any bronze medals.)
Name of designer "Erik Lindberg" is at obverse bottom. Lindberg also designed the Nobel Prize medals.
Inscription around top means "VICKTOR BALCK 80 years".
The significance of Balck's 80th birthday medal to him is shown by its obverse's appearance on the Cover page of his Remembrances (published 1931).
(The only two existing bronze specimens of) Swedish Mint, Balck's 80th birthday, 25 April 1924, by Erik Lindberg, 57mm. diameter, 74 grams. According to p.21 of Medaljgravoren Erik Lindberg 1873-1966, by Ulla Ehrensvärd (1988), one gold copy of this medal was given to Balck, and the rest of those struck were in silver; thus these bronze specimens were the only two issued, i.e. only to Balck himself. Below is one mounted in an oak display frame.
UNIQUE Medals struck to honor the key aide to Olympics founder P. De Coubertin
Oak display frame, 125 x 183 mm., containing felt mounted on each side of a board, hollowed for view (on each side) of two medals, the lower of which is a bronze Balck 80th birthday medal fitted into place, held by small pins. Frame is 37mm. thick at its base, 19mm. above the base. Seeing that it also contains a 1934 medal, and Balck died in 1928, this mounting must have been ordered by his heirs.
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The non-mounted bronze specimen of Swedish Mint, Balck's 80th birthday, 25 April 1924, by Erik Lindberg, 57mm., 74 grams.
Receiving this gold medal was the culmination of his career. Available here are the only existing gold and bronze specimens, other than the gold example in the Royal Swedish collection.
Balck's 1912 Olympic Games participant gold medal, unique (except for the King's) as was the 80th birthday medal, brought £82,000 in the 2006 auction from which these main Balck Archive items were obtained. This record price was paid despite the greater importance to him of his 80th birthday medal, as is shown below.
Sir Viktor Balck in
his golden years
Book about Lindberg medals which gives the
details about the Balck 80th birthday medals.
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40 page booklet,
To our knowledge, this £82,000 was the record for a single Olympics-related object, until the gold medal won by Mark Wells of the 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team sold at auction (in Nov. 2010) for $310,700. (Wells was not a major star of that U.S. team.) We know of no comparable items presented to other key Olympics founders (de Coubertin, de Courcy-Laffan, Sloane or Gephardt) ever to have sold .