MASSIVE GOLD COIN STOLEN IN GERMANY
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.
“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.