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Switzerland puts Einstein’s face on world’s smallest gold coin

Newly minted currency, which bears image of physicist sticking his tongue out, is worth $0.26 and will be sold as a novelty item

This undadted image provided by Swissmint shows a miniscule gold coin with the face of Albert Einstein on the image side. (Handout Swissmint/Benjamin Zurbriggen via AP)
This undadted image provided by Swissmint shows a miniscule gold coin with the face of Albert Einstein on the image side. (Handout Swissmint/Benjamin Zurbriggen via AP)

No joke: Switzerland has minted a gold coin so small you’d need to look very closely to see Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue at you.

State-owned Swissmint said Thursday that the 2.96-millimeter (0.12-inches) gold coin is the smallest in the world.

It weighs 0.063 grams (1/500th of an ounce) and has a nominal value of 1/4 Swiss francs ($0.26).

Swissmint said the coin, of which just 999 have been made, will be sold for 199 francs with a special magnifying glass so owners can see the famous physicist on its face.

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