Theft of 100 kg Maple Leaf from the Bode Museum in Berlin

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One of the six 100 kg 999.99 fineness Gold Maple Leaf Coin made by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Image provided courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint

One of the six 100 kg Maple Leaf coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007 was purchased by a private investor in Düsseldorf, who then loaned it to the Bode Museum in Berlin in 2010. The museum is well-known for its large collection of antique and modern precious metal coins. The 100 kg Maple Leaf coin was due to be moved to a different museum on 27th March 2017, but at around 3 a.m. that morning, thieves broke into the second floor of the museum and escaped with the coin, no trace of which has ever been found.

In January 2019, the trial began in a Berlin youth court of four young men (including a security guard employee of the museum) who were accused of the theft. A year later, three of them (including the security guard) were convicted and sentenced to between three and four years in jail.

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