Massive 100 Kilogram Gold Coin Worth $4.5 Million Stolen From German Museum

Tyler Durden's picture

Perhaps even more brazen than the infamous theft of a bucket full of gold woth $1.6 million from an armored truck in broad daylight in Midtown Manhattan last September 29, moments ago local German press has reported that thieves broke into Berlin's Bode Museum and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions.

According to German media, the stolen coin is the "Big Maple Leaf", a commemorative piece issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007. The three-centimeter (1.18-inch) thick coin, with a diameter of 53 centimeters (20.9 inches), has a face value of $1 million. By weight alone, however, it would be worth almost $4.5 million at market prices.

The Bode Museum, located on the German capital's UNESCO-listed Museum Island, houses one of the world's biggest coin collections. The holding includes 102,000 coins from ancient Greece and about 50,000 Roman coins.

The Bode Museum. Photo: DPA

Spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window about 3:30 a.m. Monday, broke into a cabinet where the "Big Maple Leaf" coin was kept, and escaped with it before police arrived.

German police said on Twitter that the robbers likely used a ladder found at a nearby rail track to break into the museum at around 3:30 am. Suburban rail traffic was interrupted as investigators combed the area for clues. The police did not comment on how the theives managed to cart the extremely heavy "pet rock" out of the museum without being spotted or triggering any alarms.

The museum says the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold. It has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and maple leaves on the other.

It was unclear if the coin has already been "deposited" at one of the numerous central or commercial bank vaults who have experienced a dramatic drop in physical gold inventory as much of the yellow metal has moved to China and various private vaults in recent years, and duly replaced by mere paper claims on said metal.

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John Law Lives's picture

Give it back, Frau Merkel.  You don't get to collect your severance package until after you lose an election...


bania's picture

Hope Trudeau gives Merkel an invoice for this.

CheapBastard's picture

They forgot to tag it with a "Do Not Steal Me" bracelet.


Well, merkel will have to post cartoons educating the peeples they are not supposed to go around stealing big gold coins.

American Psycho's picture

Waste of time and energy stealing such a massive, antiquated relic. 

ParkAveFlasher's picture

What's the face value of that thing?  Can I buy a Happy Meal with it?

barndoor's picture

I don't think the thieves thought this one out very carefully, as this coin will be very difficult to spend.  Especially once the stores hear about the theft.  I think a coin of this value will raise some pretty serious eyebrows.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Joe Sichs Pach Mar 27, 2017 8:49 AM

That Rothschild lizard just can't get enough for his gilded mausoleum.

NoDebt's picture

Look, I already melted it down.  It was in liquid form 3 hours after I stole it.  Joke's on me, though.  Only gold plated.  Solid tungsten inside.  This theft was a complete fucking waste of my time.


NidStyles's picture

$10 says it was an inside job.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Stuck on Zero Mar 27, 2017 9:21 AM

(Ras)Putin did it ~ it was either him or Jerry Lewis, or, or, Dr. Goldfoot & his Bikini Machine.

Déjà view's picture

The Rip Van Winkle Caper...

Twilight Zone...short 3 min clip on future value of Gold...

Consuelo's picture



Seems the the Hollywood K!ke brigade was spinning their clever Trotsky-ite pig shit even back then in an attempt to steer people away from Truth.   Who would have known...?

MANvsMACHINE's picture

First place the police should look is in really large gumball machines.

Déjà view's picture


Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund...


~ Old German proverb

ufos8mycow's picture

It's far too big to be of any practical use. What do they think they're going to do with that thing?


Atleast that's what my wife keeps saying to me.


p.s. the coin is nice too

Déjà view's picture

Reden ist Silber...Schweigen ist Gold...


~ Old German Proverb

Mr. Universe's picture


It's far too big to be of any practical use. What do they think they're going to do with that thing?

My boat could use a good anchor

mtl4's picture

If they hold onto it, should be worth alot more than $4.5 million in the near future.

Manthong's picture


..a lousy 250 pounds or so of Ag????

I think I have more that in teeth.

. if you do get the joke…

Why bother reading anything about the financial system???

PrayingMantis's picture

... "... It was unclear if the coin has already been "deposited" at one of the numerous central or commercial bank vaults who have experienced a dramatic drop in physical gold inventory as much of the yellow metal has moved to China and various private vaults in recent years, and duly replaced by mere paper claims on said metal."

... assuming it's insured, the owners would pocket $3.5M profit (at today's market) from the insurers; but, who knows, it could be similar to Beyonce's-"stolen"-diamonds unproven heist story ... something fishy with the above article's report ...

Scuba Steve's picture

Huh, thats funny ... I was thinking in the Vatican via a Pizza cart.

Implied Violins's picture

The next place is to check and see if there have been any local lake elevations.

Got The Wrong No's picture

"Gold was worth something until they figured a way to manufacture it"  That is something to think about. 

Helicopter Rides's picture

The difference between gold and water/oil/electricity is that gold is cheap to save safe, move, transform, without any loss, unlike the rest; oil, water, electricity, are useful and yet, manipulating these is extremely problematic. This is why gold's marginal utility is that of a voluntary currency, unlike water/oil/electricity.

Dead Canary's picture

Putin didn't do it. He's to busy causing global warming and kicking puppies.

yellensNIRPles's picture

All it took was a ladder, huh? Man, I'm in the wrong line of business...

Murderface's picture

Definitely.  Or insurance job.  Put a fake one out, claim it's stolen.  Get the insurance.  Melt the real one, get the cash.  Double pleasure.

Rubicon's picture

Police are looking for a man with a suspicious limp.


Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Rubicon Mar 27, 2017 9:15 AM

if they're looking for a suspicious limp (wrist), they should start their search in Tahiti

Antifaschistische's picture

I think they hid it in the ceiling of the mens bathroom, and they'll go back and get it later.

SERIOUSLY!!  They got in with a LADDER they found near the railroad tracks!!!  ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!  The worlds largest coin collection!!! and you can break in with a ladder from the railroad tracks!!!!!   And there's no GUARD AT THIS PLACE!!!

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Bastiat Mar 27, 2017 1:21 PM

Alphaville ~ Vapors ~ BOC ~ Thompson Twins                     break






Yog Soggoth's picture

I picture two guys rolling this thing like heavy tire, while whistling nervously.

SoDamnMad's picture

I was there with No Debt. We had "No Intent" to steal it as gold but to verify our information that it was fake gold with this big value.

The tungsten we will bury as proof of the fraud and the little gold that dripped off is to pay for our time, expenses and effort. Video of the melt up was sent to Julian.

Canada needs some explaining to do.

Hulk's picture

maybe so but it is quite impressive that you ran away with a 220 lb coin. AT first glance, I was sure it was Arnold Blacknbadword until I read your compelling story !!!

Xena fobe's picture

Did you roll it out the door like a tire? 

Dane Bramage's picture

Inscribed "1 million dollars" I get, but why the "1 million DE dollars"?  Deutschland dollars?  WTH?!  Oh, maybe it's because of French Quebec?  1 million de dollars?  Mais oui!  LOL!  Glad that's not on my 1oz maple leafs.


That coin was the Austin Powers Doctor Evil commemorative coin. 

mayhem_korner's picture


So what you're saying is that the coin had already been "Fort Knoxed"

NoDebt's picture

Yep.  The guy who set me up for this job is getting nail-gunned shortly.


a Smudge by any other name's picture

Yes but brother, can you spare a dime?

Uncle Sugar's picture

Check the guy with the bucket

therover's picture

Dang you that nice heavy gold chain you sold me was plated ?

JRobby's picture

Merkel sent it to Trump as a down payment on her NATO debt.