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Thieves Steal Massive Solid Gold Coin Worth Almost $5 Million

It's like something out of a Hollywood movie: German police say that thieves snuck into one of their country's most famous museums and stole a priceless gold coin.

In case you're wondering how this crime could possibly be worth the risk, this isn't just any gold coin.

The "Big Maple Leaf" is a giant-sized version of Canada's iconic loonie coin. At 20 inches long it weighs over 200 pounds, and this collector's item is literally worth its weight in gold.

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The Big Maple Leaf coins were made by the Royal Canadian Mint beginning in 2007. Each one features Queen Elizabeth on one side and maple leaves - the symbol of Canada - on the other.

There are only 5 of this enormous coin in existence. They each have a printed value of $1 million, but the value of the gold alone is closer to $4.5 million. For a collector with cash to spare the stolen coin could even be worth a lot more.

The Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany, where the coin was stolen from, is famous around the world for its "coin cabinet," a collection of more than 500,000 rare and historical coins stretching back to the 7th century B.C.


According to a museum spokesperson, the thieves (or one very strong thief) broke into the museum by a window, using a ladder balanced on a railway line.

They reportedly broke into a cabinet where the coin was stored and snuck back out of the museum before police could arrest them.

I know $4.5 million is a lot of money, but I still don't think it's worth dragging around a 200 pound coin!

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