Australia’s onetonne gold coin goes on European tour


SYDNEY, Jan. 17 — The world’s largest gold coin is going on a road show to some of Europe’s most famous cities early in 2014, local media reported on Friday.
The one-tonne gold coin was crafted by the Perth Mint and it is worth more than 53 million AU dollars (47 million U.S. dollars).
The Guinness World Record holding piece measures 80 centimeters in diameter and is more than 12 centimeters deep.
Designed by Stuart Devlin, goldsmith and jeweler to Queen Elizabeth II, the coin features a red kangaroo surrounded by rays of sunlight on one side and Queen’s motif on the other.
The coin will travel to Vienna, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne and Berlin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Australian Kangaroo Gold Coin program.
Perth Mint Chief Executive Ed Harbuz said Europe was chosen because it was the mint’s top investment market.
To mark the anniversary, Perth Mint has also released a limited edition 2014 Australian kangaroo 1 oz gold bullion tribute coin replicating the original artistry.[db:内容2]