Famous gold coin worth $4.5 million vanishes from museum

A massive 221-pound gold coin was stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin in the middle of the night, police said on Monday.

The famous "Big Maple Leaf" coin, listed in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold, was reportedly stolen by a group of thieves who snuck in through a window at around 3:30 a.m. on Monday, according to police spokesman Stefen Petersen.

The huge coin, which has a diameter of 20.9 inches and features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, has a face value of $750,000, but it would be worth almost $4.5 million at market prices due to its weight.

Petersen said police assume more than one person was involved because of the weight of the coin -- and the Associated Press reported that a ladder turned up by nearby train tracks.

RELATED: What your old coins are worth now

11 PHOTOS
What your old coins are worth now
See Gallery
What your old coins are worth now

1942 Jefferson Nickel
Asking Price: $16,999.95

Photo credit: eBay

1932 Washington Quarter
Asking Price: $20,800.00

Photo credit: eBay

1963 Franklin Half Dollar
Asking Price: $23,900.00

Photo credit: eBay

1954 Roosevelt Dime
Asking Price: $25,000.00

Photo credit: eBay

1921 Morgan Dollar
Asking Price: $34,999.00

Photo credit: eBay

1970 Washington Quarter
Asking Price: $35,000.00

Photo credit: eBay

1914 Lincoln Cent
Asking Price: $35,750.00

Photo credit: eBay

1877 Indian Cent
Asking Price: $37,100.00

Photo credit: eBay

1807 Draped Bust Quarter
Asking Price: $42,000.00

Photo credit: eBay

1889 Morgan Silver Dollar
Asking Price: $175,000.00

Photo credit: eBay

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Markets

NASDAQ 6,889.16 21.80 0.32%
S&P 500 2,602.42 5.34 0.21%
DJIA 23,557.99 31.81 0.14%
NIKKEI 225 22,550.85 27.70 0.12%
HANG SENG 29,866.32 158.38 0.53%
DAX 13,059.84 51.29 0.39%
USD (per EUR) 1.19 0.01 0.71%
USD (per CHF) 0.98 0.00 -0.23%
JPY (per USD) 111.51 0.27 0.25%
GBP (per USD) 1.33 0.00 0.25%

Can't get enough business news?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from retailer news to the latest IPOs delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.