Take the 4 Million Dollar Gold Coin and Run

Take the 4 Million Dollar Gold Coin and Run


The morning of 27th March, the staff of the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany, couldn't believe their eyes when they noticed a very interesting gold coin was missing.

Why was this one gold coin so special?

In the wee hours of the morning of 27th March, a valuable gold coin was taken from the Bode Museum in Berlin. The staff of the museum found a ladder next to the building. The policeman in charge declared:

“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."

Yet it is unclear how the thieves managed to disable the alarm system and carry the heavy and big coin. According to the police press statement: "The coin was secured with bullet-proof glass inside the building.”

Why was this gold coin so special?

The gold coin was minted by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007 and has been named the “big maple leaf” because one of the side shows this Canadian national symbol. The other side of the coin bears the face of Queen Elizabeth II.

The coin has a value of $1 million. However, since it weights 100kg and it is made of pure gold (999.9 fineness) its value has increased today up to $4 million. It is 3cm thick and 53cm wide.

No wonder that, even though there are more than 540,000 objects in the museum, the thieves just focused on this precious item. In the best case scenario, the big dimensions of the gold coin will facilitate the police to find it as soon as possible.

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