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Massive Gold Coin Worth Millions Stolen From German Museum

The museum says the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records for its near-perfect purity

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    Massive Gold Coin Worth Millions Stolen From German Museum
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    The May 28, 2008, file photo shows the gold coin 'Big Maple Leaf' in Vienna, Austria. The 100-kilogram (220 pound) gold coin disappeared from the Bode Museum in Germany.

    Berlin police say thieves broke into the German capital's Bode Museum and made off with a massive 221-pound gold coin worth millions.

    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.

    A ladder was found by nearby railway tracks.

    The 1.18-inch thick coin, with a diameter of 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.

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    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.