Every now and then, I’ll do a search for the latest in cool and ridiculous credit card design, technology, art, and so on.
Today, I stumbled upon one of the crazier things I’ve seen in the credit card world.
Well, this isn’t exactly a credit card per se, but it’s the size of one and can be used to purchase goods, just like a normal credit card.
What is it exactly? It’s a small gold bar that fits in your wallet alongside your other seemingly boring plastic credit cards.
Pictured above is the 50-gram version of the so-called “CombiBar,” which as you can see, looks just like a solid gold credit card.
The amazing product is offered by a Swiss gold refiner that goes by the name ValcambiGold.
The company apparently sells more than 1000 tons of gold annually, which accounts for about 25% of total global gold demand.
They’re also the sold producer of gold for mega Swiss bank Credit Suisse.
This particular product sells for a mere $2,900.87, though the price can and will change as the price of gold fluctuates.
There’s even a volume discount if you buy 25+ or 100+ Combibars.
How It Works
Once you get your hands on a CombiBar, you can break off little one-gram pieces at your convenience when purchasing everyday items.
Seeing that there are 50 one-gram pieces in a bar presently valued at $2900, each piece is worth roughly $58.
So next time you’re at dinner, perhaps you can leave a gram or two for your server, instead of having them swipe your credit card.
I don’t know how many retailers will actually accept the little gold pieces, but it’s still one of the cooler products I’ve seen, especially seeing that it’s packaged like a credit card.
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