Decipher 2012 London Olympic Medals Production

It is a great pity that the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 have been postponed to 2021, breaking the rule of holding the Olympic Games once every four years. I just wondering, will the 2020 Olympic medals be used in the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021? Or will it be redesigned and produced? If you know the answer,please leave message,thanks in advance!

Without the wonderful games and the eye-catching medal standings, I began to look at the Olympic medals in recent years. Such as medals at the 2012 London Olympics.
The gold, silver and bronze medals at the London Olympics were designed by British artist David Watkins. The medals are 85mm in diameter and weigh as much as 400g. They weigh much more than most Olympic medals in the past and are the heaviest at the Summer Olympics. Some joke that many athletes may have to pay more for luggage on their return journey,so interesting :)

Design for 2012 London Olympic Medal

Due to the rules of the Olympic Games, one side of the medal design must be engraved with the Greek goddess Nike, which is said to be a symbol of victory and the embodiment of the Olympic spirit. Above the goddess is London, the host city of the Olympic Games and the host year 2012, of course, there can be no lack of the five rings that represent the Olympics.
The other side of the medal is played entirely by the designer. Watkinson uses a bolder abstract design, with the London Olympic Games "2012 logo" engraved on the back and crisscross lines on the side. it is said to symbolize the pulse of the city of London, and there is a winding Thames in the middle of the medal.

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At the London Olympic Games, 4700 Olympic medals will be awarded to the winning athletes at the award ceremony. The names of the athletes who have won medals in major and sectional events will be engraved on the edge of the medal. Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, who attended the unveiling ceremony of the Olympic medals in Trafalgar Square, said: "the medal design highlights the efforts and achievements of athletes and the city that hosts the Olympic Games, for those who win medals at the 2012 Olympic Games." these beautifully shaped medals will be a very appropriate reward. Being an Olympic champion is the culmination of one's competitive career, but I am confident that winning one of these medals in London in 2012 will make it all the more special. Congratulations to Locog for designing medals that will inspire Olympians. " The medals will be built by the Royal Mint at its headquarters in Landricant, South Wales.

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The history of the Royal Mint can be traced back to 1100 years ago, that is, the time of King Alfred. We know that the examinable history of Britain is only about 2000 years, which shows that it has a long history. The most famous of the Royal Mint is the non-circulating refined commemorative coin, whose craftsmanship is among the best in the world. The Royal Mint not only makes commemorative coins for its own country, but also accepts coins in circulation from more than 60 countries and regions, which shows its production capacity. According to Adam Lawrence, the director of the factory, the Royal Mint produces more than 70 million coins a week and more than 15000 tons of coins a year.
The coins of the Royal Mint not only occupy an absolutely dominant position in the British market, but also take the lead in terms of global coin market sales. Through diversified sales channels, it sends its products to collectors and customers, such as issuing notices, printing official albums, mail order, national retail stores and so on. In the traditional way of sales, the Royal Mint is second to none, while in the new era of the Internet industry, the Royal Mint has also kept pace with the times and set up its own website, and sales through the Royal Mint website are rising rapidly. Around the world, the Royal Mint has 25 authorized dealers in 20 countries. In China, the Royal Mint has also reached cooperation with the China Gold Coin Corporation to sell coins.
Lawrence, chief operating officer of the Royal Mint, said: "as a manufacturer from the UK, this is good news for the whole country, for our 800 employees and for our suppliers."
Dayton, chief executive of Locog, said they were happy to work with the 1100-year-old Royal Mint. "Olympic and Paralympic medals will be awarded to athletes who perform well in the world's largest comprehensive sporting event, the pinnacle of their careers," he said. We are pleased to announce that these medals will be produced in South Wales. "
It is reported that the Royal Mint also went through a competitive bidding process and finally won. So far, 98% of the project contracts of the London Olympic Organizing Committee and the London Olympic Games Organizing Board have been awarded to British companies.
It is understood that the production of each Olympic medal takes about 10 hours. (i have to say, it is almost same time for us to finish a medal in our factory).To this end, the Royal Mint has carefully selected a medal production team of designers, technicians and craftsmen to ensure that these Olympic treasures of honor are "carved" to the highest standards, and in the process of cutting and polishing, give each medal life and release their brilliance.
British local television interviewed the Olympic medal production workshop at the Royal Mint, which is made up of 18 experts and requires a total of 22 processes, all of which are made of metal from a company in the US state of Utah.
The master in charge of forging Harris, who has worked at the Royal Mint for 40 years, said: "making Olympic medals is the most honorable job in my life. I have done medals in the Commonwealth Games before, but in terms of craftsmanship and materials, Olympic gold medals are the best!"
The last process of making Olympic medals is to hang the medals on a purple belt and put them in a box. A female worker said, "I am very proud that I have finished the final process of Olympic medals."


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Process of creating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Victory medals

Diary of a medal maker

The process of creating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Victory Medals

1Material: As with all medal production, the first step is to prepare material.

According to the Olympic regulations formulated in 1978, Olympic medals shall not be less than 60 mm in diameter and 3 mm in thickness. Gold and silver medals must be made of silver with a purity of 92.5%, and gold medals must be plated with at least 6 grams of gold. The bronze medal uses red copper of 95% - 98% as raw material.

Then make these material to be blank, rough-cut disc.

2Making mould: The second step is prepare medal mould tools, using a precision carving machine to carve a mirror image of the design of the London Olympic medals on stainless steel tools.there are two mould tools,for front side medal design and backside medal design.

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3Rimming:Process of softening the edge of the blank.

4Striking: First strike on hydraulic press

5Annealing: Process of softening medal for 2nd strike

6Second strike on hydraulic press

7Edging:After press work finished,the edge of the material will expand.each medals will be rough edging taken off via edging machine,in order to remain 85mm diameter and prefect round shape.

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These medals are designed to be worn, and a medal cannot be worn without its mount.

8CNC artwork for medal Mount: The slot of medal is not punched by the touch tool. Instead, it is carved directly on the material by a CNC machine. Therefore, before making the hanging hole, you need to complete the CNC artwork.

9Machine Slotting: Preparation process for the mount

10Mounting: Process of attaching mount via soldering

11Cleaning: Medal is dipped in acid for 15 seconds to remove any fire marks

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12Scratch Brushing: Silver dip and water is used to clear the surface

13Plating: Each gold medal must be plated with at least 6 grams of gold.

14Sand Blasting: Abrasive sand is used to achieve a matt finish

15Glass Beading: A fine abrasive derived from glass is used to achieve a contrast finish 

16Ceramic Burnishing: Medal put into a vat of ceramic material to polish surface of both sides of medal 

17Stainless steel Burnishing: Medal put into a vat of stainless steel material to polish surface of logo side of medal

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18Hallmarking: Medal is hall marked via a manually operated fly press

19Engraving: Bottom edge of the medal machine-engraved with name of event and distance

20Clear Cladding: Medal is dipped,then varnished,then sealed(Silver and Bronze only)

21Ribboning: Ribbon is stitched to medal,they use same purple color cotton to stitch ribbons,first to put ribbon though mount,stitching ribbon end,And then stitching ribbon upon mount place,when winners wear medal,ribbon will not move.

22Packing:Medals are boxed for storage,then transportation

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In fact, this is similar to the medal production process in our factory. The birth of each medal includes the painstaking efforts and efforts of all the workers. We are glad that the athletes have won medals through unremitting efforts. We are proud and proud to be a manufacturer of medals. 

In addition to various sports medals, such as running medals, swimming medals, weightlifting medals, basketball medals, football medals, ski medals, etc., we also produce medals, badges, commemorative coins and other sports prizes. 

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