World's Largest Gold Coin Heads For Auction
Just as the prices of gold hit record highs, a Vienna auction house is auctioning off the world's largest gold coin, a 2007 Canadian $ 1,000.000 Maple Leaf. Dorotheum will auction off the coin on June 25. It weighs around 220 pounds and is made from the purest 999.99/1000 gold. The coin is listed at the world's largest coin in the Guinness Book of Records and bears a large picture of Queen Elizabeth II. The back has three maple leaves. The face value is way below the current value of the coin based on weight and the starting price will be based on the daily gold rate. The picture above is from a an exhibition of the coin in September 2009 in Prague. It was most recently on loan to the 'Münzkabinett' of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, which houses one of the largest numismatic collections in the world.
[via Art Fix Daily]