Perth Mint Unveils World's Largest Gold Coin

Posted on October 28, 2011

Perth Mint Worlds Largest Gold Coin

The Perth Mint in Australia has unveiled the world's largest gold coin. The gold coin weighs 1 tonne, about 2,205 pounds. It is 99.99% pure gold and has a diameter of nearly 80 centimeters (about 32 inches). The coin, which features a kangaroo design, is called the Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Coin. It is valued at around $57 million.

Ed Harbuz, The Perth Mint CEO, says a team of artists and technical staff spent months working on the enormous coin. He says, "To cast and handcraft a coin of this size and weight was an incredible challenge, one which few other mints would not even consider."

Ed Harbuz with Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Coin

The first video shows the making of the coin. It starts around the 33 second mark. Take a look:

Photo: The Perth Mint