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Canadian "coin" worth €3.7m stolen in Berlin
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:25:54 PM »
A big and heavy gold piece was stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin last night. The 100 kg "coin" has a value of €3.7 million. Seems that the thieves managed to get into the museum building from the nearby rail tracks; that must have been at 3.30 h. Apparently construction works "facilitated" the theft ... Story in German: https://www.rbb-online.de/panorama/beitrag/2017/03/millionen-dollar-muenzdiebstahl-im-bode-museum-berlin.html

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Re: Canadian "coin" worth €3.7m stolen in Berlin
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 04:30:42 PM »
This is one of only five Big Maple Leaf coins; has been at the museum since 2010. The beast, errm, piece has a diameter of 53 cm. Seems that no other objects were stolen ...

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Re: Canadian "coin" worth €3.7m stolen in Berlin
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2017, 05:00:48 PM »
Well, 127 kilos, so, as the short video shows, two stocky guys to lift the monster and two brainless helpers to keep it still and going in the right direction. The muscled men start getting interested only when someone uses the word million and they all want to embarras Germany.

Mmmm.

No no no, it can't be. Putin and Trump would never co-operate for a measly less then €4 million and Wilders and Le Pen fille would not follow orders blindly! Would they? :wicked:

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Canadian "coin" worth €3.7m stolen in Berlin
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2017, 05:25:27 AM »
I doubt if such theft is possible without insiders' help!

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Re: Canadian "coin" worth €3.7m stolen in Berlin
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2017, 11:10:58 AM »
The police and the prosecutor's office tend to cautiously agree with you. ;) Obviously security could have been better, but still, a thieve needs to know what and where the "weak" spots are ...

While it is quite likely that the "coin" will be taken apart and melted down, this is not really a worst case scenario. After all, the value of this object is well known - basically just the PM value. So it was not too difficult to get insurance coverage. With rare historic coins (and the Bode Museum has quite a few) it would be different, just as with unique works of art or archeological objects - think of the Ishtar Gate, or the Miletus Market Gate, in the nearby Pergamon Museum.

So yes, the insurance will cover this. Note that the coin was not owned by the museum; it was a permanent loan. So the owner Boris Fuchsmann, a German-Ukrainian housing developer from Dόsseldorf, will get his money back. Two short texts about him:
http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/bio/boris-fuchsmann
https://www.rcfp.org/browse-media-law-resources/news/german-court-claims-jurisdiction-lawsuit-against-american-author
(As you can see, the New York Times article is still there. :) )

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