|Commemorative Medals 1996
Preparations for the design and production
of victory and commemorative medals began in April 1994. The designer of
the 1996 pictograms was awarded the contract to refine the design for the
victory medals and design the commemorative medals.
The obverse of the commemorative medal displays
the torch mark logo with the words "Games of the XXVI Olympiad." On the
reverse, the Quilt of Leaves appears with the words "Centennial Olympic
Games." In accordance with the Olympic Charter, both victory and commemorative
medals were designed and produced by the same manufacturer.
The commemorative medals and diplomas were
distributed to all accredited members of the Olympic Family through their
respective contact at ACOG, e.g., the Media Relations division of ACOG
Communications, AOB, and International Relations. ACOG staff and volunteers
also received the diploma. All moulds of the victory and commemorative
medals and sets of the first-to-eighth placed athletes' certificates and
commemorative diplomas were given to the IOC, in accordance with the Olympic
Charter. Samples of the medals were also kept for ACOG's Olympic archives.
(Source document: Official
Report 1996, Vol. 1, page 133)