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Can you identify them? They can be either current or non-current, but not prior to the modern coin era (e.g. hammered, etc.).

The Australian 50 cents coin may be a candidate: it measures 31.65 mm in diameter and weighs 15.5 g. As for the smallest and / or lightest coins, I have no suggestions.

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Re: Smallest, lightest, largest, heaviest world circulation coins
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2017, 02:56:18 PM »
Lightest possibly 1 cent Netherlands Antilles (0.7 grams).

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Re: Smallest, lightest, largest, heaviest world circulation coins
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2017, 03:20:47 PM »
Thank you. So here are the full specifications from numista:

Metal   Aluminium
Weight   0.7 g
Diameter   14 mm
Thickness   1.95 mm

That's a full 4 mm narrower than the UK 5 pence.  >:(

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Re: Smallest, lightest, largest, heaviest world circulation coins
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 05:02:29 PM »
The 1904 Panama 2.5 centavos ("Panama Pill") is just 10mm. I think it's one of the smallest machine struck coins. Certainly not the lightest at 1.25g though.

Not sure where exactly the "modern" cutoff is, but the 1797 "cartwheel" twopence comes in at 41mm and 56.7g. Chronologically later (mid 1800s), China, Vietnam, and Japan all made massive cast coins well over 40mm. I can't think of any other modern circulation coin larger than the "dollar" which usually does not exceed 39mm.

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Re: Smallest, lightest, largest, heaviest world circulation coins
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 06:45:58 PM »
There were some monster 5 kopek coins in Russia at a similar period to the British Cartwheels.

But nothing really can beat the 10 daler kopparmynt Swedish plate money, at ca. 19 kg.

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Re: Smallest, lightest, largest, heaviest world circulation coins
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2017, 07:29:38 PM »
India 1 paise close enough at 0.75 g.

Years   1965-1981
Value   1 Paisa (0.01 INR)
Metal   Aluminium
Weight   0.75 g
Diameter   17 mm
Thickness   1.72 mm
Shape   Quadrangular (4-sided)
Orientation   Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized   yes
References   KM# 10
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Re: Smallest, lightest, largest, heaviest world circulation coins
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2017, 07:34:08 PM »
Country   Algeria
Type   Common coin
Year   1964
Value   1 Centime (0.01 DZD)
Metal   Aluminium
Weight   0.5 g
Diameter   16 mm
Thickness   1.06 mm
Shape   Round
Orientation   Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized   yes
References   KM# 94, Schön# 4
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Re: Smallest, lightest, largest, heaviest world circulation coins
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2017, 07:48:00 PM »
 Country   Finland
Type   Common coin
Years   1969-1979
Value   1 Penni (0.01 FIM)
Metal   Aluminium
Weight   0.45 g
Diameter   15.75 mm
Thickness   1 mm
Shape   Round
Orientation   Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized   1979
References   KM# 44a
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Re: Smallest, lightest, largest, heaviest world circulation coins
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2017, 07:50:44 PM »
Turkey
Type   Common coin
Years   1975-1977
Value   1 Kuruş (0.01 TRL)
Metal   Aluminium
Weight   0.4 g
Diameter   14 mm
Shape   Round
Orientation   Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized   yes
References   KM# 895b, Schön# 404b
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Re: Smallest, lightest, largest, heaviest world circulation coins
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2017, 09:20:39 PM »
But nothing really can beat the 10 daler kopparmynt Swedish plate money, at ca. 19 kg.

Oh ho ho?

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Re: Smallest, lightest, largest, heaviest world circulation coins
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2017, 10:34:51 PM »
Well if millstones count, a barrel of rum would count also.

With the help of this page, I estimate that to around 225 kilos. Not as heavy as that millstone (they must be around double the weight of a barrel of rum) but a lot more like cash. Consider that the principal use of the Yap millstones is dowry. The rum barrel was an everyday means of payment in early colonial Australia.  "Rum, and not British money, was at that time (1811) the general medium of exchange in the purchase of everything saleable throughout the territory* A small boat could be bought for 5 to 6 gallons. As the payment was consumed during construction, Australian boats were said to be "badly put together"**. :)

Peter

* An account of the Coins, coinages and Currency of Australasia by Coleman P. Hyman, Sydney, 1893, page 14
** ibid, page 9
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