The exact weight of a Nobel medal varies, but each medal is 18 karat green gold plated with 24 karat (pure) gold, with an average weight of around 175 grams. As of October 8, 2012, 175 grams of gold is worth $9975 or about ten thousand US dollars. The Nobel Prize medal may be worth even more than its weight in gold if the medal goes up for auction.
The Nobel Prize garners prestige that translates into value for the university or institution affiliated with the laureate. The schools and companies are more competitive for grants, better equipped at fund raisers and attract students and brilliant researchers. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Health Economics even indicates Nobel Laureates live one to two years longer than their peers.
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