A Giant Gold Coin Weighing 221 Pounds and Worth $4.5 Million Was Just Stolen From a Museum
A gold coin weighing in at a whopping 221 pounds was reportedly stolen in the wee hours of Monday morning from Berlin’s Bode Museum.
A spokesman for the museum quoted by the Associated Press said the thieves—likely more than one considering the weight of the coin—broke in through a window at 3:30 a.m., snatched the “Big Maple Leaf” coin from a cabinet, and escaped before police could get there. He also said, without specifying, the coin is on loan from a private collection.
A police spokesman told Reuters that the coin was secured with bulletproof glass and that the thieves got in through the back of the museum by railroad tracks, where a ladder was later found.
The coin is more than an inch thick with a diameter of 21 inches. Its face value is said to be $1 million, but by weight alone, it would bring in almost $4.5 million at market prices. Gold GCJ7, -0.08% recently took out highs not seen in a month in the wake of GOP leaders’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The coin, with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a maple leaf on the other, holds a Guinness record for its purity, the AP reported.