The required amount of silver in Olympic gold medals is at least 92.5 percent, the gold itself only making up the plating on the outside. … The silver medals meanwhile are made up of pure silver and the bronze medals are made from 95 percent copper and 5 percent zinc.
Are Olympic medals real gold and silver?
However, Olympic gold medals are required to be made from at least 92.5% silver, and must contain a minimum of six grams of gold. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medals contain more than six grams of gold plating on pure silver. Silver medals are pure silver while bronze medals are red brass (95% copper and 5% zinc).
What metal are Olympic gold medals made from?
The last time Olympic winners were awarded medals with pure gold was back in 1912. Nowadays, according to International Olympic Committee guidelines, gold medals need only consist of at least six grams of gold. The remainder are composed of mostly silver.
How much do Olympic gold medal winners get paid?
Heading into Tokyo, our athletes are rewarded $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze, which is largely consistent with the 2016 Games in Rio.