The World’s Biggest Modern and Ancient Gold Coinsworld's most expensive
Heads or tails? It’s a practice throwing a coin in the air to choose between two alternatives or to resolve a dispute between two parties. But, it isn’t so easy doing coin flipping with a coin weighing one metric ton, especially when that coin is made of pure gold. Ain’t about Cha – Ching Cha – Ching, it’s about Ba – Bling Ba – Bling, because the price tag for this gold monster is $ 43,4 million.
The world’s biggest gold coin, minted by the Perth Mint, an Australian third branch company that manufactures coins, measures 80 centimeters wide,13 centimeters deep and weighs 1, 012 kilograms. This magnificent coin is made from 99, 99 % of pure gold and has a legal tender value of $ 1 million AU.
It took 18 months to be made, but it was awarded with the title of the ‘largest coin’ by Guinness World Records committee.
The Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin, with a portrait of the Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, and the red kangaroo on the reverse, has a symbolic value, too. It represents Her Majesty’s recent visit to Australia, but at the same time, the most iconic figure of Australia, the kangaroo, represents national and cultural mark.
The Perth Mint broke the record and returned the title of the biggest and most valuable bullion coin, previously held from 2007 to 2010 by The Canadian Mint, by creating one tonne gold coin. In 2010, The Canadian Coin, the Maple Leaf masterpiece of 100 kg, was sold to a Spanish company at an auction for $ 4,2 million. Ed Harbuz, Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer, is convinced that this giant beauty will save the throne for a long, long time.
It would be such a great piece of jewelry. Don’t you agree?
The biggest ancient gold coin weighs only 169.2 grams, and has a diameter of 58 millimeters. Now it looks so tiny.
Gold 20-stater of Eucratides. Bust of the King Eucratides I. The helmet plumed and decorated with the ear and horn of a bull.
Dioscuri riding horses prancing right, carrying spears and palms
The Greco-Bactrian coin (Hellenistic nation located in Central Asia) is the largest surviving gold coin from Antiquity. It was originally found in Bukhara, and later acquired by Napoleon III. After his death, the coin was received by the Cabinet des Medailles in Paris, where it is currently on display.