200-Lb Gold Coin That’s Worth More Than $1 Million Is Stolen

Picture taken on December 8, 2010 shows the gold coin "Big Maple Leaf" on display at Berlin's Bode Museum. Thieves stole the gold coin with a face value of $1 million and weighing 100 kilograms (220 pounds) from Berlin's Bode Museum on March 27, 2017. PHOTO: MARCEL METTELSIEFEN/AFP/Getty Images

BERLIN — A precious gold coin that’s in the Guinness Book of Records for its unsurpassed purity was stolen early Monday from a museum in Germany.

The coin, which weighs more than 200 pounds and has a diameter of more than 20 inches, was taken from the Bode Museum in Berlin after 2 a.m. local time.

Nicknamed “the “Big Maple Leaf,” the coin was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s state visit to Germany. It has a face value of more than $1 million and a purity of 999.99/1000 gold.

The coin had been in the Bode Museum collection since 2010.

After the theft, Berlin police say a ladder was found near railway tracks close to the museum. They are investigating if it was used in the burglary.

The coin has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a maple leaf on the other.

3 comments

    • RicU.

      PETER,

      You don’t how comical and accurate your comment it. Neal is just the man for the job as he would be on his ankle tracking device in NYC while he pulled off the job in Berlin.

      At the bottom of this page was an ad for a Law Firm. Neal might need them.

  • RicU.

    How do you steal 200 lbs of gold coin (about 95 KG) which is about 20″ in Diameter? It isn’t as if you can put it in your pocket. This sounds like an insurance claim as the coin was cut up before it left the museum. Check the rail lines in Poland which went into a cave.

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