Monday, September 5, 2011

1988 U.S. Olympic Dali Medallions.

1988 U.S. Olympic Dali Medallions
by Deak International

This set of five olympic medallions is packaged in a dark blue flocked case.  Each medal is embedded in a clear plastic holder so you can inspect both sides.

This set comes with a COA which identifies it as one of a limited edition of 25,000 sets in silver.  Also listed is a gold set limited to 1,000.

Each medal is .5 troy oz. of .999 pure silver, 30mm in diameter.  The medals have an attractive frosted proof appearance.

Four of the medallions share the USA Olympic Committee name and logo, dated 1988, on the reverse.  One medallion (the one in the lower right corner of the first image above) has a US-Canadian friendship motif on the reverse (see photos below).

While each medallion bears Dali's signature/logo, I question the level of Dali's participation in these designs.  Unless these designs were produced prior to about 1980, these designs probably weren't even made by his hand.  Dali's last painting was produced in 1983, and it likely that another artist's hand worked at Dali's direction.

Nevertheless, these medallions are attributed to Dali, and are a neat little collectible.

The set is fairly easy to buy, though sellers tend to ask way too much.  At the current average price for silver (~$40/troy ounce), there's only $80 worth of silver in this set. 

A good rule of thumb to calculate the value of something like this to a Dali collector is about 2 to 3 times the value of the precious metal.  Therefore, a reasonable price for this set is about $200.  I got my set for a bit less than that.

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