Albert Einstein image appears on world’s smallest gold coin


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Albert Einstein image appears on world’s smallest gold coin

Offbeat Desk 2020-01-28 19:59:45 Comments

Switzerland’s state-owned mint has put the image of Albert Einstein on what it says is the smallest gold coin in the world.

With determination, patience, and ingenuity, Albert Einstein established his enduring fame in 1905 with the formula “E = mc2“, revolutionizing the world of physics. Swissmint has now tried to revolutionize the world of coins with the striking of the “smallest gold coin in the world”.

A machine-minted gold coin with a diameter of 2.96 millimeters and a weight of only 0.063 grams (1/500 ounce). The smallest gold coin shows the famous picture of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out, supplemented with the year 2020. On the other side is the nominal value of a ¼ Franc, together with “Helvetia” and the Swiss cross.

From 1895 to 1914, Einstein lived mainly in Switzerland, where he also completed his studies in 1900. In 1901, he was granted Swiss citizenship and in 1902 he found permanent employment as a technical expert in the Patents Office in Bern. Three years later1905 he published what is probably the most famous formula in the world: E = mc2.

In addition, the gold alloy “AU 999.9” and the weight of 1/500 ounces are inscribed. Because both sides of the coin cannot be seen by the naked eye, Swissmint has had special packaging developed that includes magnifying lenses and a light source. The smallest gold coin can therefore be well-viewed and kept safe at the same time. There is a mintage limit of only 999 pieces. #

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