When was George Lyon's gold-medal last seen?
George Lyon returned to Toronto from the Olympics in St. Louis on Monday, September 25, 1904. He likely returned with both the trophy and his gold medal. The magnificent trophy sits in the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in Oakville, Ontario. There are no reported sightings of George Lyon’s gold medal after 1904.
George Lyon’s family corresponded with the Olympic committee in Paris seeking a replacement gold medal because the original had been lost. The Olympic Committee advised the family that replacement medals were not possible. After some further correspondence they agreed to provide a replica of a medal but not one that was identical to the original medal awarded.
In 2013 while playing a round of golf at Rosedale Golf Course in Toronto I saw a framed gold medal hanging on the wall of the Pro shop. When I inquired about the significance of the medal I was inadvertently introduced to the story of George Lyon. At that time I thought I was staring at the gold medal itself. However, as it turns out what hangs on the wall is not a replica of Lyon’s gold medal.
What could have happened to George Lyon’s gold medal? Like any good detective we need to ask questions about what might have happened. Did George Lyon and his family fall on hard times during the depression? Was the medal sold for its gold value? Was it sold to a collector? Was it simply lost while the family moved from their residence at 13 Dunbar Toronto Ontario? We don't know.