Money world records

Seven of the craziest money world records ever achieved.

Be amazed by seven of the Guinness World Records most incredible and unique feats involving money.

The largest coin

The largest coin produced was made from 99.9% pure gold bullion and was 80cm in diameter, 13cm thick and weighed 1012kg. The legal-tender coin had a face value of $1 million and was produced by the Perth Mint. The coin was dubbed the ‘One Tonne Australian Kangaroo’ and was used to promote Australia’s Kangaroo Gold Bullion coin series.


The first paper money

The Chinese Tang Dynasty first used banknotes in 618-907 AD. Each note, known as ‘Flying Money’, was the size of an A4 piece of paper and included a copper-plate printed pastoral scene with pictures of coins and warnings to counterfeiters.

The smallest paper money

The smallest note ever printed was the 10-bani note by Romania’s Ministry of Finance in 1917. The banknote measured 2.75cm by 3.8cm. The note came in green and orange varieties and featured Ferdinand I of Romania on one side and the Romanian coat of arms on the other.

Most expensive car sold

The most expensive car sold in a private sale was a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO (4153 GT) racer which was purchased by David MacNeil in May 2018 for $70 million USD ($99.5 million AUD). The Ferrari 250 GTO is regarded as one of the rarest cars in the world with only 36 ever built.

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Highest-grossing film at the global box office (opening weekend)

The highest-grossing opening weekend for a movie was Avengers: Endgame which made $1.195 billion USD ($1.756 billion AUD) in 2019. Avengers: Endgame also holds the record for grossing $1 billion in just five days.

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Most money made at auction by a single artist

English contemporary artist Damien Hirst made $200.8 million ($305 million AUD) during a two-day auction in 2008. Hirst sold 167 of his works at Sotheby’s in London, with only three of his pieces failing to find a buyer.

Most money raised for charity by an individual through head shaving

Dr William Dorfman, a celebrity cosmetic dentist from Extreme Makeover, raised $121,000 ($177,416.25 AUD) when he shaved his head on the set of The Doctors in 2010. Dr Dorfman raised the money for The Leap Foundation, an organisation dedicated to helping high school and college students across America gain valuable life skills.


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