On Monday, thieves stole an enormous gold coin from Berlin’s Bode Museum.
According to The Star, Bode Museum spokesman Stefen Petersen said that the thieves broke in through a window around 3:30 a.m. and disabled the security features of the cabinet holding the coin in place. They were then able to get away via a window and a ladder nearby some railway tracks at the museum’s rear, where police also believe the thieves first entered the museum.
The “Big Maple Leaf” gold coin is worth $4.5 million if melted down and sold by the ounce — in total, it weighs more than 220 pounds.
The Royal Canadian Mint issued the huge coin, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for its astonishingly high 99.999 purity level, in 2007. It is more than an inch thick and roughly 21 inches from side to side. One side of the coin features Queen Elizabeth II while maple leaves adorn the other.
According to The Star, the unidentified individual who owns the coin lent it to the Bode Museum, which has one of the largest coin collections in the world, in 2010. The stolen coin was one of five replicas of the original Big Maple Leaf coin, which the Royal Canadian Mint still possesses.
As of now, Berlin police have offered few other details of the crime and made no indication that they may know the whereabouts of either the thieves or the coin.