A few years ago, Perth Mint created the world’s largest, heaviest and most valuable gold bullion coin in the world. Because hey, what else is a mint going to do?
The huge coin is 80cm in diameter, 12 centimetres thick, and has a legal tender value, or face value, of $1 million dollars.
The Aussie masterpiece is made of one tonne of 99.99 per cent pure gold, and at the time of minting, was valued at $53 million.
It was no mean feat either, with a team of artists and technical staff working on the novelty sized piece of shrapnel, let by designer Stuart Devlin, goldsmith and jeweller to the Queen.
The Mint’s CEO, Ed Harbuz (who looks pretty chuffed above), said at the time that “to cast and handcraft a coin of this size and weight was an incredible challenge, one which few other mints would not even consider.”
And if you think the coin has been sitting still since then, think again. Last year, the coin went on a European tour, travelling to Vienna, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne and Berlin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Australian Kangaroo Gold Coin.
So next time you’re complaining your wallet is too heavy, just be grateful you’re not carrying this guy around.