Burglars Steal 220-pound Gold Coin Worth $4 Million

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Mar 28, 2017
By Anagoria - Own work, CC BY 3.0

A 20-inch wide, 220-pound solid gold coin was stolen from Berlin's Bode Museum, estimated to be worth approximately $4 million, according to Reuters. The coin, which was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, had been previously featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for an unmatched degree of purity. Police believe that the thieves (the BBC said the coin is too heavy for one person to carry) entered the museum by breaking open a back window and then climbing in. It is not currently known, though, how they managed to get past the alarm system and through the bullet-proof glass that housed the massive coin. While the Bode museum houses one of the largest collection of coins, with more than 540,000 items, only the giant coin, dubbed "the Big Maple Leaf," was taken. 

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