Gold buyers and sellers within the United States are celebrating as the US Women’s Soccer team took gold in the 2012 Olympics. The action-packed finale against Japan ended in a 2-1 victory at Wembley Stadium. This provided the US an opportunity to avenge their loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup.
The US Women’s Soccer Team’s win was fueled by Carli Lloyd’s ability to score two goals and Hope Solo’s five daring saves throughout the match.
There was some controversy, as Japan argued that referee Bibiana Steinhaus seemingly ignored a hand ball by Tobin Heath. This took away a penalty kick for Japan that may have changed the landscape of the match.
In the end, the US women held on to the lead and celebrated their victory with their Swedish-born coach Pia Sundhage. The victors were all smiles when they received their gold medals during the medal ceremony.
Each gold medal presented to the US Women’s Soccer Team and all other Olympic gold medal winners weights between 375 and 400 grams, according to CoinWeek. It is without a doubt the largest and heaviest of gold medals ever presented.
The gold medal is comprised of 1.34 percent gold, 92.5 percent silver, and the rest copper. Interestingly enough, it has been 100 years since solid gold medals were provided to athletes.
When analyzing the actual worth of a 2012 gold medal, it is about $650 at the current market rate. The true value of each medal rests in who actually receives it. Just two years ago, one of the “Miracles on Ice” US hockey team member’s gold medal was sold for $310,700. It is very possible that if Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, or a mega-star such as Jamaica’s Bolt would gain a huge amount of cash for gold.
Most likely, the majority of the Olympic gold medal winners will save their gold medals rather than sell gold to the highest bidder. Collectors are always seeking to buy gold medals, and they are willing to pay an amazing amount of money for them.
Congratulations to the US Women’s Soccer Team and the many other Olympians who have inspired the world with their passion and perseverance!