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Jo Trizila
8140 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 650
Dallas, TX 75231

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Dallas, Texas, United States

Olympic Medals are Still Made of Precious Metal But Contain Less Gold
As prices rose, gold use gave way to silver years ago

DALLAS, TX -- Jul 26, 2012 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Olympic medals use a lot of metal but these days the gold medal is mostly silver. The silver medal is sterling silver while the bronze is largely copper. The last time the Olympic Games handed out solid gold medals was a hundred years ago at the 1912 Summer Games in Stockholm, Sweden.

Gold medals were in fact only gold for eight years. The 1904 Olympics in St. Louis introduced the gold medal as the prize for first place.

"Gold prices have risen sixfold in the last ten years alone," says Terry Hanlon, president of Dillon Gage Metals in Dallas. "Prices climbed from $300 an ounce a decade ago to $1,895 last year." The yellow metal has declined a bit since and stands at $1,580 in July.

Silver prices have also surged in the last decade but are considerably less than gold at $27.00 an ounce in July, Hanlon notes.

This year's 2,300 Summer Olympic medals are being guarded at the Tower of London until the Games begin on July 27. The 2012 gold medal is 92.5 percent silver and 1.34 percent gold, with the rest copper. The silver medal is 92.5 percent silver, with the remainder copper, and the bronze medal is 97 percent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 percent tin.

The 2012 medals were made by Royal Mint, owned by the British government, but it didn't automatically receive that contract. The Mint competed with more than two dozen other contenders to win the contract to provide 4,700 medals for London's Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Artists chosen from across the UK were invited to present their designs to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games or LOCOG. The LOCOG Victory Ceremonies team and the British Museum's Keeper of Coins and Medals worked together on choosing a design. And according to the British Museum, medals with text and images integrated on both sides have a colorful history in Europe, where they first appeared in the fifteenth century.

For the London Olympics, judges chose British artist David Watkins' design. It has a jewel-like logo on one side and Nike, the Greek Goddess of Victory, stepping out of the Parthenon on the other.

The 2012 Olympic medals were made from nearly nine tons of metal from Rio Tinto's Kennecott mine in Utah and its Oyu Tolgoi mine in the Asian nation of Mongolia.

The Royal Mint in South Wales produced the 2012 medals in a ten-hour process, using a 1,400 degree furnace. In that process, the mint placed nearly 1,000 tons of weight on a special press. This year's medals are larger than usual for the Olympics. Each weighs between 375 and 400 grams, depending on the alloy, and is 85mm in diameter and 7mm thick.

Though Olympic gold is no longer 100 percent gold, a medal can still fetch big money. In 2010, a gold medal worn by Mark Wells, a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. men's hockey team, was auctioned off for $310,700. Several years before that, Wells had sold his medal to cover medical expenses. Just before the auction, the medal was valued at $100,000 but it earned three times that amount. Heritage Auctions of Dallas identified the 2010 buyer as a rancher from the western U.S.

Starting in late July, 15,000 athletes from over 200 countries will compete in the Olympics and Paralympic Games. The UK has been preparing for years to make the 2012 London event among the most spectacular Games ever.

America's eyes will be glued to the Games. "This is expected to be a very big, winning year for the U.S.," Hanlon says. "I look forward to cheering our athletes on and watching the USA bring home the gold!"

Dillon Gage Metals offers bullion trading, online trading of physical metal and futures, jewelry trading and liquidation, refining services and estate liquidations.

For more information on Dillon Gage Metals, please visit www.dillongage.com/metals or phone 800-375-4653. Follow Dillon Gage on Twitter @DillonGage and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/dillongage.

About Dillon Gage Metals
Dillon Gage Inc. (DillonGage.com) was founded in 1976, and its companies include:
• Dillon Gage Metals, one of the largest precious metals dealers in the U.S. (DillonGage.com/Metals) 800.375.4653
• FizTrade Online Trading offers real-time trading for bid and ask markets for gold, silver platinum and palladium. (FizTrade.com) 800.375.4653

Media Relations Contact:
Jo Trizila
O: 972-247-1369
C: 214-232-0078

Contact: Jo Trizila, jo@trizcom.com, 214-232-0078

Category: Mining & Metals, Sports, Investment Opinions, Earnings or Investor
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Weblinks: http://www.dillongage.com/metals

Dillon Gage

After a long career in the brokerage industry, Stephen W. Miller founded the first Dillon Gage Company in 1976. Through the years, he added additional companies and services that followed his initial mission to provide professional and service-oriented leadership that makes Dillon Gage the leader that it is today. These companies include: Dillon Gage Securities Inc. � A full service NASD member firm that specializes in financial planning. Dillon Gage Inc. of Dallas (dba Dillon Gage Metals) � One of the largest precious metals dealers in the United States. Dillon Gage Incorporated � A company dealing in the futures markets. These are truly niche companies with unique products and a service orientation second to none. Mr. Miller has a breadth of experience from company management to investment banking services, leading NASDAQ small cap market companies through both first and second tier financing, to taking several organizations through the successful completion of their initial public offering. Mr. Miller and Dillon Gage Incorporated have been members of the Chicago Board of Trade and the New York Mercantile Exchange. Mr. Miller also believes in community service and to that end, he is a co-founder and President of HELPS International (HELPS). HELPS is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1983 and created to provide relief and development for the country of Guatemala. With over 8,000 volunteers, HELPS has brought U.S. personnel and partnered with governments and individuals within the country. Now an integrated organization providing multiple services, HELPS has been given the Rodolfo Robes Award which is the highest civilian award given by the country of Guatemala in the area of medicine and the Monja Blanca Award, their equivalent of the US Congressional Medal of Honor to civilians.


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