What Is the Nobel Prize Medal Made Of?

Is the Nobel Prize Solid Gold?

The Nobel Prize actual is made of gold. The medal bears the likeness of Alfred Nobel.
The Nobel Prize actual is made of gold. The medal bears the likeness of Alfred Nobel. Ted Spiegel / Getty Images

Question: What Is the Nobel Prize Medal Made Of?

The Nobel Prize medal looks like gold, but what is it really made of? Here's the answer to this common question about the composition of the Nobel Prize medal.

Answer: Before 1980 the Nobel Prize medal was made from 23 carat gold. Newer Nobel Prize medals are 18 carat green gold plated with 24 carat gold.

The diameter of the Nobel Prize medal is 66 mm but the weight and thickness varies with the price of gold.

The average Nobel Prize medal is 175 g with a thickness ranging from 2.4-5.2 mm.

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