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An Olympic Gold medal is referring to the first place award in the modern Olympic Games. Medals were not awarded at the ancient games.. In beginning in 1896 winners received a silver medal and the second place winner received a bronze medal. Beginning in 1900 most winners received a trophy instead of a medal. The tradition of receiving the sequence of gold, silver and bronze medals, for the first through third place winner, began in 1904. The minting of the specific medals is up to the host city. From 1928-1968, the design was exactly the same: the obverse showed a generic design by Florentine artist Giuseppe Cassioli with the text giving the host city; the reverse showing a generic design of an Olympic champion. From 1972-2000, Cassioli's design remained on the obverse with a custom design by the host city on the reverse. A new obverse design was commissioned for the Games in Athens, in 2004, games.
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