Paris 2024: Olympic and Paralympic medals featuring the Eiffel Tower in metal

Metal from the Eiffel Tower will be used to make medals for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. The medals were unveiled by the organizers, and embedded within are hexagon-shaped tokens made from leftover scrap iron from the monument. Thierry Reboul, the creative director of Paris 2024, stated on Thursday that it is an opportunity for the athletes to take a piece of Paris home with them. “The absolute symbol of Paris and France is the Eiffel Tower.” The iron girders and other sections of the Eiffel Tower that were rebuilt during renovations are where the central components of the gold, silver, and bronze medals were removed from.

 

The tower, named for Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and constructed it between 1887 and 1889, contained scrap metal that had been kept for years in a warehouse in a location that was kept a secret. The medals were designed by a Paris-based luxury jewelry company, and 5,084 of them will be manufactured by the Monnaie de Paris, France’s mint. The Acropolis and the Eiffel Tower are on one side of the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, as she charges ahead on the reverse of the Olympic medals.

 

The Paralympic medals are designed to honor Frenchman Louis Braille, who created the reading and writing system for the blind. They show the Eiffel Tower from below and are stamped with Paris 2024 in braille. The Paralympics will take place in August and September, while the Paris Olympics will take place from July 24 to August 11, 2012.

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