The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Swiss strike gold with world’s smallest commemorat­ive coin


GENEVA: A tiny Swiss gold coin bearing a picture of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out has been crowned as the world’s smallest commemorat­ive coin, Switzerlan­d’s mint announced Tuesday.

The miniature coin, with a face value of a quarter of a Swiss franc (27 US cents, 23 euro cents), measures just 2.96 millimetre­s in diameter and weighs only 0.063 grammes.

“Guinness World Records has recognised the quarter-franc gold coin issued in 2020 as the world’s smallest commemorat­ive coin,” Swissmint said in a statement.

Claiming inspiratio­n from the “determinat­ion and patience” of theoretica­l physicist Einstein, who died in 1955, the coin features the Swiss citizen in his famous pose on the obverse.

The reverse shows the nominal value of t he coin, the Swiss cross and the inscriptio­n Helvetia – the Latin name for Switzerlan­d, which is used on coins in the four-language European nation.

However, casual observers should not expect to see much.

“The world’s smallest commemorat­ive coin is decorated with images that cannot be discerned with the naked eye. Swissmint has therefore designed special packaging, complete with magnifying lenses and light,” it said.

Only 999 coins were struck, which all sold out quickly.

Meanwhile Switzerlan­d also claimed another numismatic world record for the oldest coin still in circulatio­n.

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