A huge gold coin weighing 100 kilograms has been stolen from a museum in Germany.
Thieves struck Berlin’s Bode Museum in the early hours of Monday morning to make off with the coin, which bears the image of Queen Elizabeth II.
Thought to have a material value of as much as 4 million US dollars, the coin was made in Canada and called Big Maple Leaf.
Police spokesman Winfred Wenzel said: “The coin was secured with bullet-proof glass inside the building. That much I can say.
“Neither I nor Bode museum can go into detail regarding personnel inside the building, the alarm system or security installations.”
Police said the coin was probably stolen by a group of thieves who entered the museum through a window, possibly with the help of a ladder.
Measuring 53cms across and 3cms thick, the coin features in the Guinness Book of Records for its “unmatched” degree of purity.