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.