Designed and minted by Brazilian mint, there is a very interesting story behind the medals to be won in Rio 2016 Olympics Summer Games. Each medal weighs 500g and there are a total of 812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze medals to be competed for.
The medals designers say that on the obverse side of each medal is Nike, goddess of victory, flying into the Panathinaikos stadium bringing triumph to the best athlete. For these Games, her figure is accompanied by the specific inscription: “XXXI Olympiada Rio 2016”. On the reverse side of each medal features laurel leaves – a symbol of victory in the ancient Greece, in the form of the wreaths awarded to competition winners. They are surrounding the Rio 2016 Olympics logo.
All the medals are built to be durable for memories to linger for a long time. The silver and bronze medals have been produced using 30 per cent recycled materials while the ribbons are made from 50 per cent recycled PET. Meanwhile, the gold medals are completely free of mercury. They are said to be purer than ever, meeting sustainability criteria from extraction to refining, as well as meeting strict environmental and labour laws.
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