Despite reports the contrary, the streets of Basel were not paved with gold coins as press outlets like Gawker and Daily Mail implied.
The streets were however covered in 5 centime pieces to protest for the right to a monthly minimum wage for everyone in Switzerland.
Reports hit the wires last week that the citizens of Basel were protesting the recent rejection of the minimum wage law by paving the streets gold. The reports meant the color, not the precious metals. 8 million 5-cent pieces, one for each Swiss citizen, littered a street in Basel. Had these pieces actually been 5 cent gold pieces, their combined worth would have been about $2,600,000,000 USD. Instead the 5 cent pieces are worth approximately $400,000.