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Armed robbers in Mexico steal gold coins from government coin maker

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MEXICOCITY (Reuters) – Armed robbers stole gold coins worth more than $2 million (1.65 million pounds) from a Mexican government coin manufacturer in Mexico City on Tuesday, security officials said.

Two people, one wielding a firearm, broke into a “Casa de Moneda” in the morning after throwing a security guard to the ground and taking his gun, according to a Mexico City police report.

One of the robbers then went to the vault, which was open, and filled a backpack with 1,567 gold coins, police said.

According to Mexican bank Banorte, the coins known as “centenarios” have a face value of 50 pesos but trade for 31,500 pesos (1,325.65 pounds)each, bringing the haul’s total value to at least $2.5 million.

(Reporting by Sharay Angulo, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon)

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