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Material value of Olympic medals

So you see one of the athletes at the Olympic games hold a huge gold medal and you think: "That thing must be priceless", right? Wrong! The gold medals aren't solid gold, but are made mostly of silver and copper, and contain only 6 grams of gold. The value if you'd melt one down? About $600. The silver medal is pretty much the same thing as the gold medal, except that it misses the 6 grams of gold. It has a value of about $300. The bronze medal is pretty much worthless when it comes to its material value. It is made of copper, tin and zinc and is worth about $5. It is pretty much a very large penny.
So there you go. I doubt that any of the athletes will be tempted to melt their medals down, since what they represent is much more valuable than their material value.

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