1940 Winter Olympic Games V Visitor Pin Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany



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Originalr Rare 1940 Olympic Games Pin. 

Sapporo was selected to be the host of the fifth edition Winter Olympics scheduled February 3-12, 1940, but Japan gave the Games back to the IOC in July 1938, after the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937. 

The IOC then decided to give the Winter Olympics to St. Moritz, Switzerland, which had hosted it in 1928. However, due to controversies between the Swiss organizing team and the IOC, the Games were withdrawn again.

In the spring of 1939, the IOC gave the 1940 Winter Olympics, now scheduled for February 2-11, to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where the previous 1936 Games had been held. Three months later, Germany invaded Poland, on September 1, to ignite World War II and the Winter Games were cancelled in November.

Pin is in great condition with "Carl Poellath Schrobenhausen" on the back pin.

Enamel on the front is mint: white edge, sky navy-blue, symbol black-red. Extra fine. There is light pitting on the back side.

Great collector’s item, very rare to come across.

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