medals metal produce beautiful and substantial symbols of championship
performances. That championship performance may be for an individual skill
such as archery. an individual or team athletic performance
such as gymnastics, or a team sport such as basketball.
celebration of championship performances are played out on the awards
stand as the gold medal winner's national anthem is heard. The medals
gleam in the light as they are placed around the necks of the medalists.
medals metal are not, however, what most casual Olympic Games viewers
would expect. The Olympic Committee in the host city would quickly go
broke if those large, heavy gold medals were pure gold... or even 14 karat
2012 Olympic Gold Medals are plated, gold over silver alloy.
The design is by David
Watkins, a well known British artist.
Watkins describes the image on the reverse (back) side as..." The
core emblem is an architectural expression, a metaphor for the modern
city, or … a geological metaphor as a tough crystalline growth which is
deliberately jewel- like. The grid of lines brings both a pulling together
and sense of outreach on the design – an image of radiating energy that
represents the athletes' achievements and effort".
silver medals are sterling (92.5 %) silver. The design is the same on
all the medals.
asked about the square on the reverse of each medal that encloses the jagged
2012 logo Designer Watkins explained... "It's an almost metaphysical
I am not confident that I understand that explanation, the designer apparently
is quite sure.
bronze medals actually are bronze, an alloy usually made of 90% copper and 10%
tin. The tin adds hardness to the copper, as well as imparting the bronze color.
medals metal, whether gold plated or solid are capable of accepting a
brilliant finish. If they were coins, it would be referred to as a
"proof" quality finish. The 2012 medals were produced by the
Royal Mint in Wales.
last Olympic medals that were actually made from gold was awarded in 1912
to first place winners in individual events. First place winners in team
events were awarded gold plated medals. The 1912 summer games were held in
Stockholm, Sweden. These were no winter games that year.
medals metal composition is determined by the host
city's organizing committee... within certain standards
Gold and silver
medals are 92.5% silver.
Gold medals must
be plated with at least 6 grams of gold.
All Olympic medals
must be at least 3 mm thick and at least 60 mm in diameter.
medals awarded at the 2012 London games are 85mm in diameter, 7mm thick,
and weigh between 375 and 400 grams, with the event engraved on the rim.
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Gold Forecast To Rise Only Slightly
So far this year, gold prices have averaged less than $1,650, and gold
analysts foresee only a small increase by year end.
Routers news agency reports that their quarterly poll of "gold
experts" have pared back their estimate for near-term gold prices.
Median spot price for this year has been cut to $1,685 per ounce, (down from the $1,750 originally projected
at the end of the first quarter), and significantly reduced from the $1,765
forecast at the start of this year
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