2012 Olympic Gold Medals

With the 2012 London Olympics fast approaching, you may be asking yourself,
What exactly will the London Olympic Medals be made from? Are they really still 
made from Gold, Silver and Bronze?  The answer is yes and no. 

The silver medals are made from 92.5 silver. The Bronze medals are bronze, an
alloy metal made up of  97% copper zinc and tin. The gold medals were once
made of gold, however, due mainly to the cost of precious metals, today’s
Olympic gold medals are manufactured from something more affordable. Working
within the particular specifications which must be maintained. All Olympic
medals must be at least 3 mm thick and at least 60 mm in diameter. Gold medals
have to be plated with at least 6 grams of gold. The 2012 gold medals will be
made of 92.5 silver and just 1.34% gold, the rest been made up of copper.

The last Olympic gold medal actually created from real gold was awarded in
1912. The precise makeup along with design of the Olympic medals is decided upon
by the host city’s organizing committee.

The 2,100 medals will be stored at London Tower in the secure vaults until
the start of the games. They will then be rewarded at the 805 ceremonies that
will take place for the London 2012 games. The London 2012 Medals designed by
David Watkins have a diameter of 85mm are 7mm in thickness and weigh between 375
and 400g.

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