I don't get this. Canada, with Trudeau at the helm, gets rid of the $1000 bill because it says organized crime likes big bills, then they start making 220 pound pure gold coins!? This coin is made by the Canadian mint, it is legal tender (this is an official Canadian coin that's as big as a coffee table). And it's value, at the time of this article, is 5.9 million dollars. And we're not allowed to have $1000 bills?
Anyway, here is the intreging story of Berlin's blunder and international thievery.
220-pound ‘Big Maple Leaf’ gold coin Stolen!
The Big Maple Leaf is a set of six gold coins, each weighing 220 pounds. One of the coins was stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany on 27 March 2017, and it was quite the heist. Three thieves broke in through a window and proceeded to roll the coin, which is similar in size to a car tyre, through the museum on a skateboard, across rail tracks using a wheelbarrow and rope, and into a getaway car.
In the months after the heist, German police were able to arrest three men from a family linked to organised crime, as well as an employee from the museum who had advised the thieves on the building’s safety precautions. The trial ended in February 2020, with the robbers receiving jail sentences, but the giant coin remains lost. There are suspicions that it may have been melted down, as gold dust was found on the criminals’ car and clothing, but it is still possible that it could turn up in the future.
Supplimentary from wikipedia,
- A Big Maple Leaf measures 2.8 centimetres (1.1 in) thick and 50 centimetres (20 in) in diameter and is 999.99/1000 pure.
- They were produced by the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM).
- As of March 2017, the market value of a single Big Maple Leaf had reached approximately $4 million (USD) -- $5.9 million as of the beginning of 2021.
- In July 2017, police raids took place and arrests were made in connection with the theft. The suspects come from a large arabic family notorious for organised crime ( .. Berlin crime family of Lebanese origin known to local police as the Remmo-Clan).
- The coin has never been recovered.
Full article Here.