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What Is the Nobel Prize Medal Made Of?

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This is the front side of a Nobel Prize medal.

This is the front side of a Nobel Prize medal in Physiology or Medicine awarded in 1950. Both sides of the medal are the same, showing the image of Alfred Nobel and the years of his birth and death.

Jonathunder (photographer); Erik Lindberg (sculptor & engraver, 1902).

Question: What Is the Nobel Prize Medal Made Of?

The Nobel Prize medal looks like gold, but what is it really made of? Here's the answer to this common question about the composition of the Nobel Prize medal.

Answer: Before 1980 the Nobel Prize medal was made from 23 carat gold. Newer Nobel Prize medals are 18 carat green gold plated with 24 carat gold.

The diameter of the Nobel Prize medal is 66 mm but the weight and thickness varies with the price of gold. The average Nobel Prize medal is 175 g with a thickness ranging from 2.4-5.2 mm.

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