2004 Athens, Greece Summer Olympics Medals. The Greeks went Greek, with a new depiction of Nike, flying into the 1896 Panathenaic stadium to bestow victory on the strongest, highest and fastest. Classic Greek lettering spells out the Olympic ode under the Athens logo.
2000 Sydney, New South Wales Australia Summer Olympics Medals. The design stokes controversy, when critics point out the long-standing feature on the front of medals was not Greek, but a Roman coliseum. Australian coin designer Wojciech Pietranik put the Sydney Opera House and the Olympic torch on the reverse.
1928 Amsterdam, Netherlands Summer Olympics Medals. Florentine sculptor and painter Giuseppe Cassioli wins an IOC competition to design the medals and from 1928 to 1968, the basic design remains identical. The front shows victory goddess Nike, holding a winner’s crown and a palm. The back: a winner carried by a crowd.
1896 Athens, Greece Summer Olympics Medals. Winners at the first modern Olympics did not receive a gold medal but a silver one. Runners-up had copper. On the front Zeus, father of the Gods, holds Nike, the goddess of victory. The Acropolis is shown on the back.