On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the PyeongChang Olympic Committee unveiled the design of the medals that will be awarded during the 2018 Winter Olympics.
According to the PyeonChang Olympic Committee, the design of the metals is inspired by Korean culture and traditions. The texture of the metals are intended to symbolize tree trunks representing the trees symbolizes the work that has gone into developing Korean culture. Edge lettering includes did the games in both English and Korean.
The ribbon that will be used on the medals has been created using Gapsa, a traditional Korean fabric that is used to make Hanbok. Hanbok is a type of traditional Korean dress.
The medals were designed by Lee Suk–woo, serves as a Director of Dongwon Metal Co., Ltd. Lee is the company’s General Manager and creative director. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.
- GOLD: 586 grams made from .999 silver and plated with 6 grams of gold
$566.55 melt value with a silver spot price of $16.87 and gold spot price of $1289.30
- SILVER: 580 grams made from .999 silver
$317.84 melt value with a silver spot price of $16.87
- BRONZE: 493 grams made from .900 copper and .100 zinc
$2.97 melt value with a copper price of $2.8837 per pound and zinc price of $1.3932 per pound
- All medals are 92.5 mm in diameter period
- Medals range in thickness from 4.4 mm at its thinest to 9.42 mm at its thickest
Uses consonants of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet system extended across the face of the medal from its side
- Obverse: Olympic rings
- Reverse: Discipline, event, and PyeongChang 2018 emblem
- Edge: Official title of the PyeongChang 2018 Games in the Korean consonants
- Wooden cased designed with curves witnessed in Korean traditional architecture as the motif translated into a modern concept
- Contains the medal, medal description, the IOC badge, and medallist note
Quantity: total 259 sets
- 222 to be awarded to athletes (102 medal events)
- 5 sets as contingency in case of tie
- 25 sets to be submitted to the IOC
- 7 sets for display in Korea
Produced by the Korea Minting, Security Printing & ID Card Operating Corporation (KOMSCO)