Here's your chance to swim in a pool of coins

Calling Scrooge McDuck: A huge Swiss safe filled with 8 million coins is up for auction -- and it's big enough to jump into.

By InvestorPlace Dec 13, 2013 1:58PM

Credit: via www.jamesedition.com

Caption: Original Swiss Bank Deposit Safe - Money Swimming PoolBy William White


JamesEdition -- essentially the rich man's eBay (EBAY) -- is auctioning off a huge Swiss safe filled with 8 million Swiss coins.


The vault, located in Basel, Switzerland, holds roughly U.S. $450,000 worth of 5-cent Rappens. And while the winner of the auction will be able to relocate the Swiss safe to their destination of choice. . . well, they'll have to move 15 tons of coins along with it.


The auction's proceeds will go to a fairly interesting benefactor. From Business Insider:

"Money from the sale of the vault full of money will go to support 'Generation Basic Income Initiative,' who say they will use the money to 'promote the idea of the basic income worldwide and especially in Switzerland.'"

Generation Basic Income Initiative previously dumped the coins in front of Parliament several months ago as part of their advertising campaign.


Let's be honest: All of us have dreamed about swimming around in a safe of gold like Scrooge McDuck. Of course, the thing potential deep-gold divers should probably consider is that, unlike water, coins are hard.


So wear your goggles.


Even if swimming in the vault isn't your cup of tea, it does have several other redeeming qualities (you know, besides the $450,000 in coins).


According to JamesEdition, the Swiss safe was first constructed in 1912 and contains 1,619 deposit boxes. The safe and the deposit boxes, which are made of steel and brass, are handmade, and all of the keys for the boxes come with the safe.


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10Comments
Dec 13, 2013 2:31PM
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$450k is nothing, I'll spend that in the first half hour of my Hawaiian Christmas vacation.

Sincerely,
BHO

Dec 13, 2013 2:36PM
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The coin changer at Safeway is in for a workout.
Dec 13, 2013 2:27PM
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I was always jealous of Scrooge McDuck's swimming ability.
Dec 13, 2013 3:00PM
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What a germ-fest...... you ever look at your hands after handling a bunch of coins?.....
Dec 13, 2013 3:17PM
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I see a redneck moment...."CANNONBALL!!!!!"... ouch.

Dec 13, 2013 4:07PM
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Let me change, and I'll jump into that pool of change for a change!!!  Perhaps THIS is where the long-awaited "change" is kept our President once promised us? lol
Dec 13, 2013 5:18PM
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When I go to the strip club I don't make it rain. I throw change in the air and make it HAIL!
Dec 13, 2013 6:27PM
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Now I know what to get Stephen Colbert for Christmas!
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