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Thieves Make Off With Canadian $1 Million Gold Coin That Was Displayed in German Museum

BERLIN—A massive gold coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint has been stolen from a museum in Germany.

Police in Berlin say thieves broke into the German capital’s Bode Museum before dawn Monday and made off with the 100-kilogram gold coin worth millions of dollars.

The “Big Maple Leaf” coin, which is three-centimetres thick with a diameter of 53 centimetres, has a portrait of the Queen on one side and maple leaves on the other.

The museum, which has one of the largest coin collections in the world, said on its website that coin has been on loan in its numismatic collection since 2010.

It was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007 and it is in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold.


  • The loonie to end all loonies.  I'm sure the black market will have a spot for it!
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    It needs a giant arcade machine to be slotted into 
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Cute.  A one million dollar coin worth more than 4.3 million dollars US.

    "How do you tell a communist?  Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin.  And how do you tell an anti-communist?  It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

    *Ronald Reagan*

  • Guess nobody took much notice of the forklift as it shunted its way through the museum doors to the car park with its glittering booty!

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • GrumpyGuyGrumpyGuy Member
    edited March 2017
    They say the best way to get away with stealing is to look like you know what you're doing.  Carrying a clipboard, frowning, walking quickly and so on.

    Perhaps the forklift driver just looked really irritated and pressed for time as he drove through the front wall of the museum, and bluffed the security guard?

    "Entschuldigen Sie bitte...?   Halt!"

    "Was?  Ich bin in Eile!"

    "ahh.... OK.  Bitte fahre fort."  *waves him past*

  • Heard of people making away with office equipment by walking in casually and looking official.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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