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What Are Olympic Gold Metals Made Of?

17 Aug 2016, Posted by Ashley Hammond in Smith's Jewelers


Rio MedalsHave you ever questioned whether or not the Olympic gold medals are actually made of gold? This is a fantastic question! It turns out the gold medals have not been made of gold since 1912! The modern day Olympic gold medals are made of 92.5% sterling silver and plated in 6 grams of 24 karat gold.

This year the silver (.925 grade) used to make the medals come from recycled mirrors and x-ray plates. Each medals weighs 500-grams and measures at least 3 millimeters in thickness. The host city is responsible for designing the medals.


To learn more about the history of the Olympic medals visit



2016 Summer Olympic Medals (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)