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Published July 02, 2012, 12:00 AM

Olympic Medals


Sebastian Coe, right, chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee, and Jan du Plessis, left, Rio Tinto mining company chairman, pose for the photographers holding a gold medal of the Games, during a photo op at the Tower of London, in London, Monday, July 2, 2012 The company is responsible for the production of the precious metals for the London 2012 Games medals, and has handed over the final Olympic and Paralympic medals to LOCOG for secure storage in the vaults at the Tower of London during the Games. The gold, silver and bronze medals which will be awarded to the athletes at Games-times, will remain there until they are needed for the Victory Ceremonies. In total, 4,700 medals have been produced and will be awarded in 805 Victory Ceremonies that will take place in over 30 London 2012 venues across the UK. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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