How important is size when it comes to Olympic gold medals?  The medals are handing out in Sochi, Russia are not the biggest ever, but they are big and they are the heaviest.  The 2006 Turin Olympics had the largest medals at 107 millimeters in diameter and weighed 16.5 ounces. The Sochi gold medal weighs 18.7 ounces and is 10 millimeters thick.  It has a diameter of 100 millimeters.

According to Forbes Magazine: The gold medal at Sochi will be one of the biggest but not the most expensive. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics gold medal’s “podium value” clocks in at approximately $566, a 20% decline from the record $708 value for the gold medals presented at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

The reason is because of the decline in gold and silver prices.