100 kg gold coin stolen from Berlin museum


Berlin: A huge gold coin weighing 100 kilograms (221-pound) has been stolen from a museum in Germany.

According to police on Tuesday at least two burglars broke into the Bode Museum early on Monday morning using a ladder to climb up to a window from elevated railway tracks running alongside the building.

Thought to have a material value of as much as 4 million US dollars, the coin was made in Canada and called Big Maple Leaf.

Police say the three-centimeter (1.2-inch) thick coin, with a diameter of 53 centimeters (20.9 inches) and worth some $4.5 million for the gold alone, was likely damaged in the theft.

Measuring 53cms across and 3cms thick, the coin features in the Guinness Book of Records for its “unmatched” degree of purity.

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