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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be at the forefront of bringing innovation into Canada or shaking hands with presidents to improve their currency or oil prices but one thing he forgot about is preserving his country’s heritage.
This week, a Canadian coin called “Big Maple Leaf”, worth $6M was stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin. Though the coin’s face value is $1M its weight is what makes it worth $6M. The coin is made from 999.99/1000 gold and holds a record in the Guinness Book. The coin was minted in the beginning of 2007 and was introduced by the Royal Canadian Mint. It was then given to the Museum on a loan in December 2010. The coin is 3cm thick and has a diameter of 53cm. One side of the coin has maple leaves on it and the other side has the Queen’s portrait.
According to Spokesman Stefen Petersen, at 3:30 A.M. on Monday, the thieves entered the museum through the window and broke into the coin cabinet. As for reaching the window, they used a ladder, which was found near the window closest to the coin. They were able to escape with the coin before the police arrived.
According to Berlin police, Winfrid Wenzel said that there were no defaults in the security system and the coin was protected by a bullet proof glass. However, Wenzel refused to give any detail on how the coin was guarded and by whom. He also refused to talk about the building’s security installation and alarm system.
According to Mike Armstrong, the heist could have been easily carried out and that is exactly what happened. Either the security system was lacking or they had an accomplice in the museum’s security team. The only thing that has left the police baffled is how were the thieves able to take such a heavy coin down the ladder, if that was their escape route.