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Millions-worth coin stolen from German museum

Millions-worth coin stolen from German museumThieves stole a gold coin with a face value of $1 million and weighing 100 kilogrammes from Berlin’s Bode Museum on Monday, AFP reported.

According to German media, the stolen coin is the “Big Maple Leaf”, a commemorative piece issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007.

The coin is 53 cm across and three cm thick. The museum says the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold. It has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and maple leaves on the other.

Bode Museum gave the face value of the coin at $1 million (920,000 euros), though the market price of 100 kg of gold is around $4 million.

Spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window, broke into a cabinet where the "Big Maple Leaf" coin was kept, and escaped with it before police arrived.

German police said on Twitter that the robbers likely used a ladder found at a nearby rail track to break into the museum at around 3:30 am (01:30 GMT).

Suburban rail traffic was interrupted as investigators combed the area for clues.

The Bode Museum, located on the German capital’s UNESCO-listed Museum Island, houses one of the world’s biggest coin collections.

The holding includes 102,000 coins from ancient Greece and about 50,000 Roman coins.
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