Medals for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham have been unveiled.
They were greeted by seven-time Paralympic athletics gold medallist Hannah Cockroft, who is set to compete at the Commonwealth Games for the first time.
An all-female group led by Amber Alys, who won a competition organised by the School of Jewellery and Birmingham 2022, designed the medals.
The design process took 15 months to complete.
The medals are 63 millimeters in diameter and 74.3mm in length.
Gold and silver medals weigh approximately 150 grams, while the bronze weigh 130 grams.
The medals also feature an adjustable ribbon to accommodate athletes of all sizes, which has been designed by Francesca Wilcox.
A total of 1,875 medals have been struck by Toye, Kenning and Spencer, a company based in Birmingham’s renowned Jewellery Quarter.
The company’s premises are also on the route of the Commonwealth Games marathons.
“I started doing research looking at the history of Birmingham as a city, making mood boards looking at Commonwealth Games medals,” said Alys to insidethegames.
“The medal is actually an aerial map of Birmingham, with roads and canals, which is stylised to reflect the light.
“But on closer inspection you can see that it is a road map of Birmingham.
“It has been a long process, there were strict specifications we had to design to.
“Weight and size were limiting factors and there had to be space for the branding and engraving the athletes’ names. –Insidethegames.biz