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100kg gold coin stolen from Berlin museum

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A huge gold coin weighing 100 kilograms has been stolen from a museum in Germany, reported Euronews.

Thieves struck Berlin’s Bode Museum in the early hours of Monday morning to make off with the coin, which bears the image of Queen Elizabeth II.
Thought to have a material value of as much as 4 million US dollars, the coin was made in Canada and called Big Maple Leaf.

Police spokesman Winfred Wenzel said: “The coin was secured with bullet-proof glass inside the building. That much I can say.
“Neither I nor Bode museum can go into detail regarding personnel inside the building, the alarm system or security installations.”

Police said the coin was probably stolen by a group of thieves likely used a ladder found at a nearby rail track to break into the museum at around 3.30am.
Suburban rail traffic was interrupted as investigators combed the area for clues.
Measuring 53cms across and 3cms thick, the coin features in the Guinness Book of Records for its “unmatched” degree of purity.

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