Berlin: An incredible 221 pounds gold coin worth 4 million of dollars was stolen on Monday morning from Berlin’s Bode Museum.
The coin, nicknamed the big maple leaf, is a dedicatory piece which was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007.
Spokesman Stefen Petersen for the museum quoted by the Associated Press thieves apparently entered through a 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.He also said, without specifying, the coin is on loan from a private collection.
A police spokesman told Reuters that the coin was secured with bulletproof glass and that the thieves got in through the back of the museum by railroad tracks, where a ladder was later found.It measures 53cm across and is 3cm thick and, like all Canadian coins, it features a portrait of the Queen.
The Bode Museum esteemed the coin at €920,000 despite the fact that the market cost of 100kg of gold is significantly higher at about€3.7 million.The coin has also entered the Guinness Book of Records for its immense purity of 999.99/1000 gold.
Investigators have not uncovered how the thieves figured out how to abstain from setting off alerts and leave the gallery unnoticed while conveying the coin, which is accepted to be too overwhelming for a solitary individual to convey.
Rail travel was disturbed while police scanned the range for hints.
Police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel said: “Based on the information we have so far, we believe that the thief, maybe thieves, broke open a window at the back of the museum next to the railway tracks.
“They then managed to enter the building and went to the coin exhibition.
“The coin was secured with bullet-proof glass inside the building. That much I can say.”