London Olympic Gold medal is actually Silver?

As the world awaits excitingly for the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony this weekend, we read about the medallions for the winners.  It is said that the this edition of the Olympic Game boasts the most expensive medals of all.

^ 2012 London Olympics Medals

It is reported that each medal weighs up to 400grams.  The silver medal is made up of 92.5% silver with the remainder copper.  Many didn’t know that the “Gold” medal is actually made of  92.5% silver,  1.34% Gold-plated  with the remainder copper (a minimum of 6g of gold). While the bronze medal is made up of 97.0% Copper, 2.5% Zinc and 0.5% Tin.

The gold, silver and bronze medals which will be awarded to the athletes at Games-times, will be securely locked away in the famous vaults at the Tower of London and will remain there until they are needed for the Victory Ceremonies. In total, 4,700 medals have been produced and will be awarded in 805 Victory Ceremonies that will take place in over 30 London 2012 venues across the UK. source

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