Title: 17th Olympic Games - Rome 
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Stamp Serial#
290 
KPC#
C-136 
MICHEL#
308 
StanGib#
369 
Scott#
310 
Date of Issue
08/25/1960 
Quantity
1,000,000 
Denomination
40 Hwan 
Design
South Gate (Nam-dae-mun) Seoul, and Olympic emblem 
Designer
La Boo-yung 
Image Area
37mm¡¿25mm 
Perforation
13¨ö 
Sheet Composition
5¿10 
Paper
Granite paper; postal watermark
Printer
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Repubic of Korea 
Description
1960 ROME, ITALY

In Rome, the Olympics became what they are today, with the first television coverage by the American network CBS. The channel bought all rights for $400,000, a small amount if we compare the estimated television revenues for the 2004 Games at 1.8 billion dollars.

In the Rome Games, there was record participation with 5,350 athletes from 83 countries taking part in 150 events. Among them was the 18 year Cassius Clay who won the gold medal in boxing. The young man was so excited that he did not take the medal off his chest for two days. This athlete was no other but Mohammed Ali, who after the Games, converted to Islam and changed his name.

In the marathon an athlete from Ethiopia, Abebe Bikila won the gold, running bare-footed, while in sailing in the “dragon” category, the then Prince Constantine of Greece won the gold.