32c Centennial Olympic Games single
- The Postal Service commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Modern Olympic Games with the issuance of a 32-cent 1996 Centennial Olympic Games stamp on July 19, 1996, in Atlanta, Georgia. The stamp was issued in conjunction with the OLYMPHILEX.
- Designed by Carl Herrman of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the stamp features an image of a statue of a discus thrower. The image is a photograph of a Roman marble copy of the original bronze statue sculptured by Myron, circa 450 BC. This is the fourth time a discus thrower has been featured on a stamp. A discus thrower had been previously depicted in the one of five 29-cent Olympic Track and Field commemorative stamps on July 12, 1991, in Los Angeles, California. The other two stamps were issued in 1932 and 1965.
- The discus throw was part of the five-event pentathlon in the ancient Greek Olympics. At the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896, the discus throw was held as a separate event and was won by Robert Garrett, an American.
- The stamp was issued in a pane of twenty and printed by Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd. The stamp was engraved through the intaglio process, and selvage area design was printed in the offset process.
- Postal Bulletin (June 20, 1996).
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- July 19, 1996
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- paper; ink (brown); adhesive / engraving
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