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How many types of medals are there?

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 08-16-2019      Origin: Site


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We can classify medals according to different classification methods, such as: common medal materials: made of aluminum, iron, zinc alloy, copper, gold, silver, etc., also made of stone, wood, resin, organic And even several kinds of joints. Typical examples are: Beijing 2008 Olympic medallions.


According to different process materials, it can be divided into: bronze, aluminum screen printing, stainless steel, titanium gold, sand gold, gold medal, gold plate, car paint, and flat card.

According to the use of different awards can be divided into: advanced individual medallions, advanced collective medallions, authorized medallions, joining medals, membership decorations.


Medallions are made of several different metals that represent different rewards, regions or categories in the competition, such as Olympic medals, medallions of different prices sold or donated by various associations. Historically, medallions have been used in a variety of competitions, especially in athletics. The decoration was first used in the Summer Olympics in 1904. The gold, silver and bronze medals represented the first, second and third place.


1. Gold medal


The gold medal is the highest achievement decoration in the non-military field. Its name is derived from a portion of the gold-plated or alloyed form of gold used in the manufacturing process.

Since the eighteenth century, gold medals have been widely used in the field of art. For example, the Royal Danish Academy usually uses the gold medal as a symbol of reward and provides some material rewards for outstanding students. Many organizations today award gold medals to people with outstanding contributions, including UNESCO and various academic groups.

Although some gold medallions are pure gold, there are also gold medals that are gold-plated or silver-plated, such as the Olympics, the Lorenz medallion, the US Congress Gold Award and the Nobel Prize. The Nobel Prize gold medallion is made of 18K green gold plated 24K gold.


2. Silver medal


A silver medal is usually a medallion awarded to the second winner of a competition (such as a sports event such as the Olympics). The first and third winners of the competition generally receive gold and bronze medals respectively. This practice is said to have been initiated by a Jewish king.

In the first few modern Olympic Games, there were times when the silver and bronze medals were awarded to the winners in the first and second place.


3. Bronze medal


A bronze medal is usually a medallion awarded to the third (third runner-up) winner of a competition (such as a sports event such as the Olympics).

Although the bronze medal is the last of the three medallions, studies have shown that athletes who win bronze medals are psychologically superior to those who win silver medals. The silver medal winner will be more frustrated because he missed the gold medal, and the bronze medal winner will be happy that he has won the honor (instead of not winning the fourth place in the medallion). This phenomenon is more evident in the knockout round, in which the bronze medal was won by winning the playoffs and the silver medal was won after the final defeat.


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