In the Olympic games the first place winners were awarded a silver medal, an olive branch and a diploma. Those in second place were given a copper medal, a branch of laurel and a diploma.
ATHENS, 1st OLYMPIC GAMES, 1896 97. Participation Medal in Presentation Case. Bronze, 50mm, by N. Lytras. Seated Nike holding laurel wreath, phoenix rising out of flames, Acropolis in background. Rev. 5-line Greek legend in laurel wreath.