Monday, March 27, 2017

'Big Maple Leaf' Coin Stolen From German Museum

We counted on your museum to keep it safe.
Thanks for nothing, Germany.

Berlin police say thieves broke into the German capital's Bode Museum and made off with a massive 100-kilogram gold coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint that's worth millions.
"Big Maple Leaf," which is three-centimetres thick with a diameter of 53 centimetres, has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and maple leaves on the other.
It has a face value of $1 million but by weight alone, it would be worth almost US$4.5 million at market prices.
The museum says the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold.
Spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window at about 3:30 a.m. Monday, broke into a cabinet where the coin was kept, and escaped with it before police arrived.
A ladder was found by nearby railway tracks.



Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's already bubbling in some smelter somewhere, I'm sure.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Oh for sure. Gold that pure will fetch a high price, triple that if you can sell it underground.