See a gold medal up close

An exhibition in London is giving people staying in central London hotels the chance to see the London 2012 medals up close.

Mine to Medal is on at the British Museum until the end of the Paralympic Games on September 9th and focuses on the production of the medals from the mining in Mongolia to their design.

Visitors to the free event can also see the official Olympic and Paralympic medals which have been designed by jewellers David Watkins and Lin Cheung. In particular, many people have been struck by the large size of the London 2012 medals, which weigh 400 grams and are almost 3.5 inches in diameter.

Christian Feve, a tourist from Bourges in central France, told Eurosport: “It’s very interesting to see the history of the medals and understand how they were made. I find the London 2012 logo on the medal very intriguing too – it’s not something that has visual immediacy and it takes a bit of time to spot. They are very artistic.

“I imagine they get bigger each year for the TV audiences watching at home.”

As well as the London 2012 Olympics, there are also medals from the 1908 and 1948 Olympic Games held in London and the 1960 and 1984 Paralympic Games.

The London 2012 Olympics were a success for Team GB, who won 65 medals in total consisting of 29 golds, 17 silver and 19 bronze.

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