During the Olympic games, athletes who come first, second and third place get awarded a medal. They maybe called Gold, Silver and Bronze. But is that actually what they’re made of?
Actually made of silver (at least .925 grade) which is then covered with 6 grams of pure gold. The last solid Gold medal was handed out in 1912.
Same as the Gold medal, but without the gold covering!
Mostly made from copper with some tin and zinc. A bronze medal’s materials cost less than a couple of quid!
However, for all the athletes who received a Gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, their medals also contained a piece of the meteorite that struck the Russian city of Chelyabinsk a year earlier!
According to a BBC News article, the different medals also have vastly different values – due to what materials they’re made of. Gold medals are worth roughly $600, Silver medals half that at $300, and Bronze medals worth a measly $4.