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(Reuters)Until it disappeared under the darkness of night, the 220-pound gold coin sat behind bulletproof glass in Berlin’s Bode Museum.
The Royal Canadian Mint produced its first $1 million (Canadian) gold coin in 2007.
Authorities say thieves stole a 220-pound gold coin from a Berlin museum worth $1 million.
“Why did the Royal Canadian Mint make the world’s purest and largest gold bullion coin?” a statement on the mint’s website said.
“The coin was stolen last night,” museum spokesman Markus Farr told Reuters.
Key kit for a 21st century gold coin heist? Rope, ladder and wheelbarrow
as informed in The chances of the Giant Maple Leaf ever returning to the Bode Museum are slim.
On Monday morning, thieves in Berlin used a rope, a foldout ladder and a wheelbarrow to steal the world’s second-largest gold coin from a museum, all within earshot of Angela Merkel’s inner-city apartment.
On loan to the Bode Museum from the private collection of a German property investor, the coin used to be the heaviest in the world until it was superseded by the “Australian Kangaroo One Tonne” gold coin in 2011.
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A member of the Bode Museum’s security staff raised alarm at 4am on Monday after finding the smashed, empty cabinet.
Spectacular theft of $4M gold coin could end in meltdown
as informed in USA TODAYA visitor of the Bode Museum observes gold coin ‘Big Maple Leaf’ in Berlin, Germany, 08 December 2010.
It was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint a decade ago, part of a promotional campaign for a line of gold coins.
An official at the Bode Museum discovered the theft early Monday, and on Tuesday Berlin police revealed the sordid details.
The Canadian coin, known as “Big Maple Leaf,” has a diameter of more than 20 inches and is more than an inch thick — it would make a great coffee table.
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