Solid gold coin worth $4m stolen from Berlin museum

A giant gold coin bearing the Queen’s image, and worth $4m (£3.2m), has been stolen from a museum in Germany.

The Canadian coin, nicknamed the “big maple leaf”, has a face value of $1m – but because it is 100kg (220lb) of pure 24-carat gold, its value is much higher at today’s price for gold bullion.

It was taken during the night from the Bode Museum in Berlin.

It is not clear how the thieves evaded the alarm system or carried the heavy, half-metre (20.9 in) coin away.

The theft is believed to have happened at around 03:30 Monday morning (01:30 GMT).

The enormous coin is probably too heavy for a single person to carry, and police believe the thieves entered through a window.

A ladder was found on the train tracks nearby.

 

BBC

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