How much are the Rio Olympic gold medals worth?

    Medals are unveiled for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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    • Factory workers strike the medal mold with 550 tons of force
    • "I'll feel like I'm getting a medal myself," the sculptor says

    Rio de Janeiro (CNN)The making of the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic medals is a mix of art and science.

    A team of about 100 people, including sculptors and machine operators, have been working in secret inside the Brazilian Mint to produce more than 5,000 medals ahead of the Games.
      And while the athletes will be earning the medals, the makers of the medals feel an equal connection to their shiny masterpieces.