(Kitco News) – Greater isn’t usually higher. The truth is, one Switzerland-based mint may argue that good issues are available small packages.
For Swissmint, actually, actually small packages.
Swissmint introduced Thursday that it has created the world’s smallest gold coin. The one-quarter-franc coin measures solely 2.96 millimeters and weighs lower than one gram. To place the coin’s dimension into perspective, it’s smaller than a match head.
“Swissmint wished to push boundaries, stretch the bounds of know-how and obtain one thing distinctive,” the corporate stated in a press launch.
The coin is so small that the picture on the face can’t be discerned with the bare eye.
“So Swissmint has commissioned particular packaging full with magnifying lenses and lightweight, guaranteeing that you would be able to look at the smallest gold coin whereas nonetheless preserving it safely saved,” the corporate stated.
With the assistance of the particular magnifying glass, the obvers contains a cheeky picture of Albert Einstein, protruding his tongue.
“From 1895 to 1914, Einstein lived primarily in Switzerland, the place he additionally accomplished his research in 1900, at right now’s ETH in Zurich. In 1901, he was granted Swiss citizenship and in 1902 he discovered everlasting employment as a technical knowledgeable within the Patents Workplace in Bern,” the mint stated.
The coin is 999.9 pure gold and solely 999 have been minted.
For comparability the world’s largest gold coin was created by the Perth Mint. It weighs one tonne and is price about $50 million.
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