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Massive gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum

Thieves have stolen a massive 100kg (220lb) gold coin worth millions of pounds from Berlin's Bode Museum .

The thieves apparently entered through a window at about 3.30am, before breaking into a cabinet where the Canadian "Big Maple Leaf" coin was kept and escaping with it before police arrived.

A ladder was later found near railway tracks close to the museum.

The 3cm (1.18in) thick coin, with a diameter of 53cm (20.9in), has a face value of £800,000. By weight alone, however, it would be worth almost £3.6 million at current market prices.

The museum said the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold.

It has a portrait of the Queen on one side and Canadian maple leaves on the other.


From Belfast Telegraph