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Image copyright Reuters Image caption This file photo shows an identical coin from the same mintageA giant gold coin bearing the Queen’s image, and worth $4m (£3.2m), has been stolen from a museum in Germany.
The coin cabinet at the Bode Museum holds more than 540,000 objects, but German media report only the “big maple leaf” was stolen.
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 is not clear how the thieves evaded the alarm system or carried the heavy, half-metre (20.9 in) coin away.
It was taken during the night from the Bode Museum in Berlin.
Massive gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum
as mentioned in Berlin police say thieves broke into the German capital’s Bode Museum and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions.
The museum says the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold.
The three-centimeter (1.18-inch) thick coin, with a diameter of 53 centimeters (20.9 inches), has a face value of $1 million.
By weight alone, however, it would be worth almost $4.5 million at market prices.
It has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and maple leaves on the other.
Giant gold coin with Queen’s head stolen from Berlin museum
as mentioned in Facebook Twitter Pinterest One of the Canadian $1m Big Maple Leaf coins, identical to the coin stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum.
The coin, which has a diameter of 53cm (1ft 8ins) and is 3cm thick, was loaned to the Bode Museum in December 2010.
“Neither I nor the Bode Museum can go into detail regarding personnel inside the building, the alarm system or security installations.”The Bode Museum has one of the world’s largest coin collections, with more than 540,000 items.
“The coin was stolen last night, it’s gone,” said a museum spokesman, Markus Farr.
The Royal Canadian Mint says on its website that it made the Big Maple Leaf “because we can”.