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BER­LIN» Thieves broke into the Ger­man cap­i­tal’s Bode Mu­seum be­fore dawn Mon­day and made off with a mas­sive 221-pound gold coin worth mil­lions of dol­lars, po­lice said.

Po­lice spokesman Ste­fen Petersen said thieves ap­par­ently en­tered through a win­dow about 3:30 a.m. Mon­day, broke into a cabi­net where the “Big Maple Leaf ” coin was kept, and es­caped with it be­fore po­lice ar­rived.

A lad­der was found by nearby rail­way tracks.

The 1.18-inch-thick coin, with a di­am­e­ter of 20.9 inches, has a face value of $750,000. By weight alone, how­ever, it would be worth al­most $4.5 mil­lion at mar­ket prices.

Po­lice as­sume more than one per­son was in­volved be­cause of the weight of the coin.

The coin was pro­duced in limited quan­ti­ties by the Royal Cana­dian Mint to pro­mote a new line of its Gold Maple Leaf bul­lion coins in 2007. It has been on dis­play at the Bode Mu­seum, on Ber­lin’s Mu­seum Is­land, since De­cem­ber 2010.

Mar­cel Mettelsiefen, DPA

“Big Maple Leaf,” on loan from a pri­vate col­lec­tion, is dis­played at Ber­lin’s Bode Mu­seum. Thieves stole the gold coin weigh­ing 220 pounds on Mon­day.

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