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Spare any change? Canada unveils C$1 million coin

 

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Thu May 3, 4:15 PM ET

 

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a welcome addition to any piggy bank on Thursday -- a monster gold coin with a face value of C$1 million (455,000 pounds) that it says is the world's biggest, purest and highest denomination coin.

 

Weighing in at 100 kilograms (220.5 pounds), the limited edition coin easily dwarfs its closest rival, the 31 kg (68 pound) "Big Phil", which was made to honour the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and has a face value of a mere 100,000 euros (C$150,000).

 

The Canadian mint introduced the mega-coin, which is the size of an extra-large pizza, alongside the one-ounce gold bullion coins it is mass producing at its Ottawa plant.

 

Originally designed to promote the new one-ounce coins, the colossal 100 kg coins will be produced in a very limited quantity. A U.S. precious metals distributor has ordered three and there is interest in Asia and Europe, the mint said.

 

At 53 centimetres (21 inches) in diameter and over 3 cm (1.2 inches) thick, the massive coins need a high level of hand crafting.

 

While it has a C$1 million face value, the coin is worth more than twice that amount given the current gold price of $683.30 an ounce.

 

The new coins are both adorned with a maple leaf and boast 99.999 percent purity, a notch above previous purity peaks of 99.99 percent.

 

"Since the Royal Canadian Mint upped the ante on the rest of the world in 1982, by raising the purity of gold bullion to four nines pure (99.99 percent) other nations have come on the scene ... Austria, the United States, and Australia being the case in point," said mint spokesman Alex Reeves.

 

"We compete for market share with all of these countries and we decided that the time was right to do something to stand out from the crowd once again."

 

Bullion and refinery services generated almost C$281 million in revenue in 2006, more than half the mint's total sales of almost C$494 million.

 

SOURCE: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070503/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_coin

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I didn't think I would ever see Austria's monster get beaten out but Canada has grabbed the gold so to speak! Austria, if I remember correctly, minted 14 or 15 and they sold very very quickly. I would imagine there will be a few resting somewhere in the U.S. If only I could get a few million people to donate a few bucks we could put one on tour!!! Ah, just another dream!

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You better hurry as the max mintage is 10 (only struck when ordered) and 3 has already been sold. Rumors are spreading that the Tanaka Kinzoku Kogyo has bought one who previously bought TWO of the previous Austrian gold coins although it's not confirmed yet. At bullion value, that coin is already at 2.5 million Canadian dollars.

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