Plaque from German Olympics committee

Started by Saikat, April 09, 2022, 02:58:18 PM

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Saikat

Picked up in a coin fair in Kolkata. I do not read German, but Google  tells me that this is a honour plaque from German Olympics committee. The rider on a horse in the reverse side looks similar to me as my Macedonian coin of Philip II and says "Alexander" in Greek (I presume).
Wt: 158.6 gm
Dia: 86.6 mm

I will appreciate any further details on this plaque.

Thanks,
Saikat
plq.jpg

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Interesting medal. TFS.

Gesellschaft is company. The German Olympic Committee would have been Deutsches Olympisches Komitee. The legend is ΔΑΙΜΑΧΟΙ. AIMA is blood, but I can't translate the whole word. Anyway, it is not Alexander. A brand name, perhaps?

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

eurocoin

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Clearer specimens of the medal show that the inscription is actually: ΔΑΙΜΑΧΟE. No idea what it means or refers to. I also do not recognize the designers initials.

Saikat

Peter,
Thanks!
My Google search went to this page
https://www.delcampe.net/fr/collections/coins-banknotes/tokens-medals-germany/other/original-ehrenmedaille-der-deutschen-olympischen-gesellschaft-in-der-box-raritaet-9-397674680.html?utm_source=delcampe.net&utm_medium=push_auto&utm_campaign=coins-banknotes/tokens-medals-germany/other_werner44
This being in German, after google translate, I found the following explanation:
QuoteThe German Olympic Society (DOG) is a member association of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) with a special task. The DOG is represented nationwide by members and branches. The seat of a registered association is the Otto-Fleck-Schneise in Frankfurt am Main.
...
- this medal of honor is from the 1980s, it was only awarded to long-standing members of the DOG or for special services to the Olympic sport !!
Maybe ΔΑΙΜΑΧΟΙ is a sponsor?

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Good clue, Eurocoin. the text is ΔΑΙΜΑΧΟΣ, a magistrate of Tarentum and that in turn leads us to Numista 195464. Note the monogram.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

chrisild

The German Olympic Society is a sub-organization of the DOSB (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund); those medals are used to honor people who promote or support sports activities. Such medals are in gold, silver and bronze, I think (you would get bronze first, later maybe silver, etc.). More images here for example:

https://images.auex.de/img/10//5089/00604Q00.JPG
https://img.ma-shops.de/schimmer/pic/md-01891.jpg

As for Daimachos, there are several people (ancient gods and historians ;D ) with that name. The signature seems to be HAP, but of course the characters could also have a different order ...

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That ain't a sig, chrisild, it was part of the original design a few centuries ago. Follow Numista link in my previous post ;)

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

chrisild

Yes, I actually did (see here and there). But I still do not know what HAP-or-whatever means. ;)

Figleaf

The monogram consists of the Greek letters ΗΡΑΚ, which undoubtedly is a reference to Erak. On the other side are two more names: monogram ΑΝΔΡΕ (Andre) and ΤΑΡΑΣ (Taras = Tarentum in Calabria).

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

chrisild

Hmm. So the Olympic Society (DOG) apparently picked some ancient design, altered or "reduced" the lettering (this ΗΡΑΚ is something I have seen on pieces from Herakleia but I don't see the Κ on those medals), and I wonder what the connection could be ...  ;)