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The Commonwealth 2016 medal story

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For some ages the Gold Coast coastline has been a place for social affair, meeting and game. The Medal configuration speaks to the delicate sand lines which move with each tide and wave and is emblematic of athletic accomplishment. As the water moves towards low tide, each wave moves the sand, making and deserting new lines in the sand saw by those present.

The consistent difference in tide speaks to the advancement in Athletes who are making their check. Records are made and exceptional snapshots of happiness celebrated. Despite the fact that the minute in time might armada, it is perpetually set apart inside the shells that are brought upon its tidelines.

Decoration planner – Delvene Cockatoo-Collins

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins is a neighborhood Nunukul, Ngugi and Goenpul lady of Quandamooka Country, who lives and takes a shot at Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island – her mom and grandmas’ origin.

Delvene draws upon motivation from the minutes that are imparted to her family, especially her mom, and the composed expressions of her grandma. She makes an interpretation of these accounts into her own particular contemporary elucidations to guarantee their continuation.

Delvene was locked in to outline the work of art for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games awards. She centers her plans around the wonderful coastlines and the noteworthiness of the drift as a position of social event, meeting and game.

Delvene’s award outlines have been enlivened by the Royal Australian Mint who are in charge of the generation and conveyance of the decorations.

 

The Medal Ribbon Story

The woven strand of the freshwater reed, yungair, is three reeds woven to shape an example which looks like numerous triangles combined. It is reminiscent of the South-East Queensland and Gold Coast zones.

The customary method includes one reed as the working reed, which constantly wraps around the other two reeds. Independently every reed has little capacity or reason,however when associated together, they are solid and can have numerous capacities, for example, conveying infants and nourishment.

It is an ability that has been passed down and shared through the ages. In Delvene’s family, an Aunty is the person who passed it down her mom, who at that point passed the aptitude on to her.

Onto the press

Every award clear is examined by hand and exclusively set into the Mint’s biggest coin press. They are struck four times to guarantee the outline is consummately shaped on the metal surface. The gold and silver awards are struck four times, twice at 280 tons and after that another two times at 260 tons. The bronze decorations are likewise struck four times however at 460 tons. When they are expelled from the press, the decorations are assessed once more, guaranteeing the award is impeccable and prepared to be granted to the Commonwealth Games champions.

          

From metal to medal – the production process

As Official Supporter and Producer of the GC2018 medals, the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) is responsible for the production and delivery of the medals that will be awarded to a fortunate few athletes from 4-15 April 2018.

The medals are crafted using the Mint’s coin-making process, and the very same presses that are used to make Australian currency.

The process demands precision, attention to detail, and a weight of up to 460 tonnes.

The Mint receives strips of metal and punches out the 63mm diameter circular metal blanks. The blanks are then struck with the design, transforming the metal into a medal.

Using this refined process, more than 1,000 medals can be produced per day.

Making the tooling

Utilizing a PC controlled etching machine, the GC2018 award configuration is deliberately cut into a diminishment punch made of hardware steel. It requires an abnormal state of exactness and the procedure can take up to 63 hours. The decrease punch is then used to make the coin kicks the bucket. The bite the dust is the metallic piece that is utilized to strike the metal, transforming it into an award.

 

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