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Want an olympic medal?

There is an organized market - albeit somewhat thin - for olympic medals:

A medal that was minted but never awarded -- if there was a tie, for example -- might be had for as little as $1,500, but a rare medal from the first modern Olympics in 1896 can go for upward of $20,000. Medals with documentation showing they belonged to famous winners sometimes go for more.

I'm curious though as to how the medals that were "minted but never awarded" make it to the market.