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Coin from the 1968 Olympics attached to a chain and worn by Tommie Smith

Catalog Data

Issued by:
Mexican Mint, Mexican, founded 1535  Search this
Worn by:
Tommie Smith, American, born 1944  Search this
Medium:
silver and metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 16 1/2 × 1 1/2 × 1/8 in. (41.9 × 3.8 × 0.3 cm)
Type:
commemoratives
necklaces
coins
Place used:
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Latin America, North and Central America
Place made:
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Latin America, North and Central America
Date:
1968
Description:
This commemorative 25 peso coin attached to a chain necklace was worn by Tommie Smith during a medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. The front of the coin has a central symbol of a person in Native dress playing a traditional Mexican game called ollamaliztli. Text around the rim reads "JUEGOS DE LA XIX OLIMPIADA MEXICO 1968" with the five Olympic coins at the bottom of the rim. The reverse of the coin features the coat of arms of Mexico, an eagle standing on a prickly pear cactus while eating a rattlesnake. Text around the upper half of the rim reads "ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS" with "25 / PESOS" at the proper left center rim and "LEY/ 0720" at the proper right center rim. The coin is attached to a long metal chain link so that the front side faces correctly while the back side faces upside down.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Black power  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Olympics  Search this
Sports  Search this
Track and field  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2015.231.3
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Awards and Medals
Coins and Currency
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd59271fc10-0601-4685-b6a9-5cb2cb5c875c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.231.3