On July 27 2011, exactly one year before the actual event, the officials unveiled the medals for the 2012 London Summer Olympics winners.
The medals were unveiled by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, and London 2012 Chair Seb Coe in the presence of IOC President Jacques Rogge and Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald at a special ceremony in Trafalgar Square.
They are the largest medals, in diameter and weight, that have ever been given out at the Summer Olympic Games.
The medals for winners of 2012 London Summer Olympics competitions are 85mm across, 7 mm think, and weigh 400 gms.
Photos of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for 2012 London Summer Olympics :
The medals are designed by British artist David Watkins. The medal depict Nike, the Greek Goddess of Victory, stepping out of the Parthenon to arrive in the host city. The front side also shows a bowl resembling an amphitheatre, with the medal’s overall circular shape a symbol of the world.
The back side of the medals contains a portrayal of the River Thames to reflect London, and a square to break up the medal’s circular design and “emphasise its focus on the centre”.
These medals will be produced at the Royal Mint’s headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales, later this year.