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    1908 OLYMPICS 'PARTICIPANT' BROOCH. The IV Olympiad of the modern era was scheduled to be held in Rome.  However, an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in '06 urged a shift of venue.  The athletes in attendance, about 2000 in all, apparently received one of these badges - likely serving the dual purpose of a personal memento and, as a matter of security, an assurance of identity.  This attractive piece is roughly 1 1/4" in diameter and is distinguished by a blue-enameled perimeter.  Its practical purpose is evidenced by a serialized number stamped on its reverse ("637"). 

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    July, 2004
    29th Thursday
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