Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Coins Keep Getting Bigger

The record is held by the Royal Canadian Mint, which some time ago issued a Maple Leaf coin with a legal-tender value of $1 million; it contains 100 kg of gold. The Russian central bank, though, is getting in to the high end of the bullion coin market by issuing a 5 kg coin to commemorate its 150th anniversary; it carries a face value of 50,000 rubles. The largest one previously from the same source was 3 kg.

With a 53 cm (21-inch) diameter and 3 cm (1.2 inches) thickness, the monster Maple Leaf is about the size of an extra-large pizza. That 'pizza', though, would take two strong men to move it some distance: 50 kg (110 pounds) apiece. One strong-legged man could hoist it up, but he wouldn't get very far with it unless he was very strong.

Have a gander at the million-loonie coin:

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