It isn’t often a coin comes along that simply boggles the mind, the last probably being the immense one-tonne gold coin ‘struck’ by the Perth Mint a few years ago, and still on display at Perth central. That one was simply a work of fantasy however, but this new coin is tantalisingly close to normality, yet equally ridiculous. Billed as the biggest silver coin the world has ever seen, even fans of the Perth Mints 10kg silver lunar bullion coins will be gobsmacked by the sheer ambition on show here.
Struck in fine (0.999) silver and antique finished, this behemoth comes in at over a back-breaking 54 kilos (1,750 oz) in weight and is a phenomenal 650mm (25.6″) in diameter. The image below left actually has a picture of the free 1oz version that you get, just so you can appreciate the sheer scale of this beast. The image to the right is of the stele display case, and that stretches the tape measure out to around 2m (78″) in height!!
As you’ve no doubt guessed, the mintage on these won’t be worrying the American Silver Eagle anytime soon, just 15 are being produced, and they bust the wallet to the tune of €89,500 plus taxes (£63’000, US$95’000). The stele, made from fancy wood, steel (!), and acrylic, is supplied free of charge.
The design looks great, quite a bit of relief if the video is to be believed, and while antique-finish elephant coins are hardly a rare commodity lately, this stands toe-to-toe with the best even in the 1oz format. The smaller coin (31.1g/38.6mm) is also available seperately, and limited to just 1,000 pieces, each one like its big brother having the serial number engraved onto it. Check out the video for some perspective on just how big this coin is.