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Whether these silvered metal medals are struck from the official dies or from forged ones is not yet clear. Some at least emanate from Hong Kong and have been offered with a ‘buy it now’ price of $200.

Frances and Howard Simmons, specialists in Olympic medals, believe these medals to be a clear infringement of the International Olympic Committee’s copyright and a threat to an otherwise thriving market for Olympic medals.

For some 20 years forgeries of the infamous Nazi (1936) Olympic medal have appeared on the market along with other Nazi memorabilia and are familiar to specialists.