Many know Albert Einstein for all of his achievements when it comes to science. He is notoriously famous for coming up with E=MC2, which is one of the world’s most famed equations. Now his face will be on a gold franc.
Last week, the Swissmint came out with a new gold coin, the 1.4-franc gold coin. The coin has a diameter of 2.96mm and weighing 0.063g. The new coin features t the famous image of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue. The picture came about on Einstein’s 72nd birthday on March 14, 1951. Arthur Sasse, a photographer for the United Press, was trying his best to persuade the scientist to smile for the camera. However, he spent the entire day smiling for different photographers. So instead, he chose to stick out his tongue, which became one of the most iconic pictures known to man.
Albert Einstein’s Face Is Now On The World’s Smallest Gold Coin
According to the Swissmint, they chose the image of Albert Einstein because of his determination and patience. Einstein was a resident of Switzerland from 1895 to 1914. The country was where the genius was able to complete his studies. In 1901, the Swiss government granted him citizenship. While living in Switzerland, he was able to find permanent employment. In Bern, he was working as a technical expert in the patents office. It was only three years later that he was able to publish his famous E=MC2 formula.
However, the images on the coin are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. For that reason, when someone purchased the coin, it comes with a magnifying lens. Also, there is a light on the magnifying glass so that you can view the image. The new franc is currently the world’s smallest coin and can be purchased through the Swissmint.