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Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.

Are Olympic Medals Real Gold?

By January 27, 2014

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Olympic gold medal from the 2010 Olympic games. (GraceKelly)The design of the Olympic medals changes for every Olympics, plus each host city gets to mint the medals, but the chemical composition of the medals is regulated so that there is not too much variation in the value from one Olympics to the next. While the Olympic gold medals do contain pure gold, do you know if they are solid gold or plated gold? Are plated medals plated with real solid gold, or with 14k or 18k gold or something else?... Here's the answer


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