Olympic gold medal – one of the most prestigious awards in the world. For the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro Casa da Moeda do Brasil (Brazilian Mint) must be minted 5130 Olympic and Paralympic medals. Each medal requires 48 hours of work. Every detail is important, each shtrishok. To work went on around the clock, Mint has hired 80 masters. Medals made employees Casa da Moeda, in Santa Cruz, close to Rio de Janeiro. First, the design is developed on the computer. Then, the pattern is made. On the one hand minted Nike, the ancient Greek goddess of victory, under the five Olympic rings. On the other hand – the logo of the upcoming games. When the template is ready, workers poured it molten metal. Gold there is only 1.2%, it is necessary mainly for the color. About 99% of the alloy – silver.
Each weight – 500 grams, or 17.6 ounces. And Then name of the sports discipline is engraved on the edge is written. Specifically, this medal – for the men’s volleyball team. “It is a great honor and a huge responsibility”, – said Victor Hugo Berbert, head for the production of medals at the Mint. Medals Rio 2016 will be the most robust in the history of the Olympic Games. And very environmentally friendly: a large part of the money obtained from the old mirrors and X-rays. Gold received modern ecological methods without the use of mercury. Medals are stored on tape to wear to after the presentation they can be immediately put on. In gold, silver and bronze medals design exactly the same, although, of course, much nicer to win gold.