Switzerland mints world’s smallest gold coin

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Published: January 23, 2020 10:26:32 PM

State-owned Swissmint said on Thursday that the 2.96-millimetre gold coin is the smallest in the world.

Switzerland, Gold coin, Albert Einstein, Swissmint, Bullion Swissmint said the coin will be sold for 199 francs. (Courtesy: AP photo)

No joke: Switzerland has minted a gold coin so small you’d need to look very closely to see Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue at you.

State-owned Swissmint said on Thursday that the 2.96-millimetre (0.12-inch) gold coin is the smallest in the world.

It weighs 0.063 grams (1/500th of an ounce) and has a nominal value of 1/4 Swiss francs (USD 0.26).

Swissmint said the coin, of which just 999 have been made, will be sold for 199 francs with a special magnifying glass so owners can see the famous physicist on its face.

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