Massive Gold Coin Worth $4 Million Stolen From Berlin Museum

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Authorities are searching for a massive 24-karat gold coin that was stolen Monday from a museum in Germany.

Nicknamed “Big Maple Leaf,” the Canadian coin has a face value of 1 million Canadian dollars (about $750,000), but because of its weight and purity is actually worth $4 million at auction.

It’s gone,” Bode Museum spokesman Markus Farr said Monday, according to NBC News.

"Big Maple Leaf" was stolen from the Bode Museum on March 27.
"Big Maple Leaf" was stolen from the Bode Museum on March 27.
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Police said they were alerted to the break-in around 4 a.m., The New York Times reported.

It appears the operation wasn’t exactly high-tech by today’s standards. Police suspect the thieves used a ladder to enter the second story of the Berlin museum through a window and smashed the bulletproof glass box that contained the coin. Authorities believe they escaped through the same window, used a wheelbarrow to transport the coin, and eventually reached a getaway vehicle.

The following Reuters video shows how the heist may have gone down.

The Royal Canadian Mint issued the coin — at the time the world’s largest — in 2007. It weighs about 220 pounds and measures about 21 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. The coin has a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a maple leaf on the other.

The Bode Museum has had the coin in its collection since 2010.

Of course, theft is a serious matter, but The Mississauga News couldn’t help taking a little jab at the thieves.

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