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Massive Canadian Gold Coin Worth Millions Stolen From German Museum

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 Posted 03/27/2017  09:46 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add willieboyd2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
BERLIN (AP) Berlin police say thieves broke into the German capital's Bode Museum and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (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 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.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/ar...11029970.php

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 Posted 03/27/2017  10:25 am  Show Profile   Check SPP-Ottawa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SPP-Ottawa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mintage of only five... I suspect when these thieves are done, surviving mintage will be four...
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 Posted 03/27/2017  10:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jpbone to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The only way to get rid of this is to hack it into small pieces and melt it. Unless they are stupid, which is a possibility.
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 Posted 03/27/2017  10:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
At least it would easy to identify if found in one piece, which others have pointed out, is probably not a smart thing to do.
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 Posted 03/27/2017  1:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alex12780 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow I'd hate to pay postage to submit it to a TPG
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 Posted 03/27/2017  1:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Andrew99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What a horribly stupid and selfish thing to do. Destroy a major historical treasure because you can realize the value of the gold.
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 Posted 03/27/2017  1:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DEVLEC to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Wow I'd hate to pay postage to submit it to a TPG


My guess is that they could nibble off a little piece if necessary....and another little piece for the added insurance ..
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nibble off a little piece if necessary


And risk getting a damaged grade?!
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 Posted 03/27/2017  4:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add papeldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They have a write up on this coin in the Canadian Coin News under Did You Know? page 7

April 4 issue
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 Posted 03/27/2017  4:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add flag4 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The only way to get rid of this is to hack it into small pieces and melt it. Unless they are stupid, which is a possibility.


My guess is that's already in progress. If they were smart enough to pull off this heist, then they would surely have a plan on how to dispose and cash out.
You would think . .
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 Posted 03/27/2017  5:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Illegaltender to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Honestly, it makes the story of the other 4 more interesting. Those thieves are legit!
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 Posted 03/27/2017  7:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rockfish to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
that's got to be the perfect crime. Once that huge thing is melted into ingots or rounds, totally untraceable. way smarter than stealing art or even cash. I hate these thieves, but sort of admire them too.
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 Posted 03/27/2017  7:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The fineness of this gold makes it hard to trace in cutdown quantities. The purity may come into question since almost all trace elements like silver and tin have been scrubbed. If these thieves were really smart, they would be adding some trace elements back in to smelted product, just enough to mask point of origin

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 Posted 03/27/2017  7:21 pm  Show Profile   Check nss-52's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nss-52 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


North Carolina theft:
It seems they caught some of the thieves who stole gold bars from a truck in North Carolina last year, but have not recovered much of the gold since they theorize much of it was cut up, melted, recast or made in to jewelry.

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 Posted 03/27/2017  11:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scissel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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horribly stupid and selfish thing to do. Destroy a major historical treasure...


Not to condone the theft, but isn't it just a big bullion piece anyways?

At the time they were made, it seemed to be a publicity stunt to create a world record sized NCLT coin.
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 Posted 03/28/2017  12:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Redzapsid to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think it was more of the 5 9s milestone that it was made wasn't it?
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