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London created the most expensive medal in history and royal scepter coexistence of the Tower of London
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It is reported that the London Olympic medal is the most expensive medal in the history of the Olympic Games. Before being issued, the 4,700 Olympic and Paralympic medals will have been kept in the Tower of London along with the crown, scepter, etc. of the British royal family.


"The medals were shipped to the Tower of London on July 2 and we will use the most alert status to keep them safe," said Tracy, a spokesman for the Royal Palace. "For many centuries the Tower of London has preserved Britain's most precious treasures and therefore no place more suitable for storing the 2012 Olympic medals than here is the supreme honor that all athletes aspire to." London Mayor Boris-Johnson Say.


The London Olympic medal was designed by British artist David Watkins, whose medal quoted the image of the Greek goddess of victory, Niki, and the back decorated with a radiant star complemented by the London Olympics monogram , And London's symbol of the Thames. The medal is made in a very elaborate way, "and with minimal flaws, we'll re-create it," said Fergus, head of the British Millennium Royal Coins project. As the manufacturer of the current British currency, this time he is also responsible for the production of Olympic medals.


For athletes, these medals are of course extremely precious, although gold is a small part of the gold medal. The London Olympic Games gold each weighs 410 grams, which contains only 6 grams of gold, accounting for about 1.34% of the total weight, the rest is 92.5% of silver and some copper. Even so, taking into account the current market price of gold and silver is already twice the time of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the London Olympic medal remains the most expensive medal in the history of the Olympic Games. In addition, these medals 85 mm in diameter and 7 mm in thickness are the heaviest in the history of the Summer Olympics. Beijing Olympic Games medal weighs 200 grams, only half of this medal. But London Medal is still a bit less favorable than the 576 grams it won at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.


The gold, silver and copper raw materials used to make the medal were extracted by the Rio Tinto Mining Group, one of the world's mining leaders, from its mines in Mongolia and Utah in the United States. However, such a choice is subject to some controversy because the Rio Tinto mining process in Utah is thought to have caused some environmental pollution. "Even Rio Tinto employees and their families do not consider Rio Tinto to be in line with the Olympic spirit," said Ken Neumann, head of Canada's trade union for steel workers.


However, at least this medal awarded to athletes is far better than the London Olympic medal of 1948. At that time, due to the lack of supplies after the war, the quality of medals was not only poor, but also required regular repair.