Commonwealth Games medals, which thousands of athletes will be competing
for over the next two weeks, have now been unveiled.
The medals have
the Commonwealth Games Spirit of Friendship logo on one side and
the Commonwealth Games Federation on the other. They weigh 150g
and are attached to a 1m length of ribbon. The colour depends on
the type of medal - blue for gold, red for silver and jade for bronze.
The Royal Mint
have produced 524 gold medals, 524 silver and 594 bronze, as some
events don 't have a third place play-off and will have more bronze
The gold medal
has a sterling silver core and is plated with 22 carat gold, the
silver medal is sterling silver and the bronze medal is solid bronze.
Both the gold and silver medals are hallmarked.
chief executive of Manchester 2002, said: "These medals are the
pinnacle of achievement for the athletes competing in the Commonwealth
" They are under
the tightest security at all times and will be a unique memento
of the biggest multi-sport event ever held in the UK."