Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 MST

Massive Gold Maple Leaf stolen

Early last Monday morning, burglars broke into Berlin’s Bode Museum and stole a 100-kilogram [221-pound (avoirdupois)] .99999 fine Gold Maple Leaf with a face value of C$1,000,000.  However, the C$1 million face value was nominal.  The coin’s gold value was right at $4 million.

1000 kg GML

The coin was one of five minted in 2007 by the Royal Canadian Mint to exhibit its extraordinary refining capabilities.  The coin also was minted to publicize 1-oz .9999 Gold Maple Leafs, which are the RCM’s gold bullion coins.

The coin has probably already been melted.  A one-of-a-kind piece cannot easily be fenced, but a glob of gold can be.

Further, if the burglars know anything about the coin, they also will throw gold of a lesser purity in the melting pot to bring down the purity.  If they try to fence .99999 fine gold anywhere in Europe, the buyer(s) will know that the source of the gold was the stolen coin.

The coin had been on loan since December 2010 and was exhibited as part of the Münzkabinett collection, which is one of the world’s largest coin collections, containing more than 540,000 items.  The coin had been featured in the Guinness Book of Records for its “unmatched” degree of purity, hence the difficultly of fencing it without melting it and decreasing its purity.

This is a significant loss for the RCM.  It is unlikely that the Mint will produce another such coin.

3 Responses to “Massive Gold Maple Leaf stolen”

  1. RK in TX

    I’m impressed by this classic Hollywood-style heist. Would not something of such great cash value, and which is also so relatively easy to fence (after melting), be especially well guarded?

    Did the thieves have an inside agent or inside information? Was the Lavender Hill Mob involved? Can Auric Goldfinger account for his whereabouts on the evening in question? How about Al Mundy? Or perhaps Neal Caffrey? Might the thieves head off into the mountains in search of Fred Dobbs? Will there be great prices to pay, for those who seek it out? Maybe the gang of senior citizens who pulled this off think we’ll never suspect them? Inquiring minds want to know!

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  2. RK in TX

    Gold Special

    CANADIAN MAPLE LEAF

    C$1M Face Value 2007 Gold Maple, 100kG AGW, 0.99999 fine, without packaging or certificate.

    Uncirculated condition, but with minor scratches, glove prints, and embedded bits of glass.

    1 only available. Shipping included. Stock photo.

    spot + 2.5%

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