Harness racing trophy yields old Olympic medal

03:52 AM 27 Feb 2014 NZDT
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The Olympic medal was under foil that held plastic flowers in the trophy bowl.

A harness racing trophy, passed on from generation to generation in a Nova Scotia family, recently gave its owners an unexpected surprise when it was discovered an Olympic medal from the 1900s was buried in the top portion of the relic.

According to a CTV Atlantic feature story, the trophy, which was awarded to Allan Charles MacDonald after he won an ice racing event for trotters in Nova Scotia back in 1928, was passed on from a number of members of the MacDonald family before the medal was discovered.

“They used to have plastic flowers in it, that’s what it was for – just plastic flowers,” said Gerard MacDonald, the great grandson of Allan Charles MacDonald, referring to what his parents used the trophy for. “She (Gerard’s mother) took the flowers out and it was all foil in the bottom of the cup, so she took the foil out to clean it and under the foil was the medal. We probably asked a few family members ‘What’s this? Do you know anything about it?’, and they didn’t, so I remember we just put it in the drawer.”

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