Thieves steal 100kg gold coin worth £3.2m from Bode Museum in Berlin

Rebecca Smith
All that glitters is gold
All that glitters is gold (Source: Getty)

A giant gold coin featuring the Queen's image has been stolen from a German museum in the early hours of today.

The gold coin weighs 100kg and is worth a cool $4m (£3.2m) due to the high purity of the gold used.

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The Canadian coin, dubbed the "big maple leaf", was stolen during the night from the Bode Museum in Berlin, though detail has not been provided on how thieves managed to get around the alarm system. Or indeed how they managed to carry the heavy, half-metre coin away (the hefty coin is probably too heavy for just one person to carry).

The theft is believed to have occurred at around 3.30am (1.30am GMT) and police believe thieves got in through a window as a ladder was found on nearby train tracks.

"Based on the information we have so far we believe that the thief, maybe thieves, broke open a window in the back of the museum next to the railway tracks," police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel told Reuters. "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," he added.

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The museum said online the coin was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007 and was featured in the Guinness Book of Records for its "unmatched" degree of purity.

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