Solid gold ax and skateboard stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin

In CCTV images of the S-Bahn, Berlin’s iconic red and yellow subway, three masked bastards, all dressed in black, walk down the deserted platform of Hackescher-Markt station. They’re about to commit an amazing robbery at the Bode Museum. In the dark night, the imposing dome-surfaced monument seems to cut through the waves of the Spree, at the arc of Museum Island. It is located directly behind the building, on pillars several meters high, passing through the funicular. But, at three o’clock in the morning, everything fell silent.

Of course, thieves do not use the Monbijou Bridge, as the public does during the day. They pass through the service window, that of the guards’ locker room, which overlooks the railway. One of them, hired a month ago, Dennis W., their in-house partner, took charge of the survey. One big ladder and you’re done – well, roughly. The rest is Rene Allong, the principal commissioner in charge of Art Crimes, who tells it to Globalismat the Berlin Police Headquarters, in Tempelhofer Dam. “Museum security called the police station around 4 am. One of the guards wanted to reactivate the alarm system after his tours and realized it wasn’t working. That’s how he discovered the disappearance…” At seven in the morning, Monday, March 27, 2017, his battalion took command, the technicians are there, the press comes, the atmosphere is electric.

Because the true attractiveness of the cabinet of medals, the MonscabinetUsually a resting place for scholars and numismatists, it’s gone: a 100k gold coin, decorated with the profile of the Queen of England on one side and a large maple leaf on the other, hence its little name, large maple leaf. Created by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, it has made it a star. Its face value, written in full, is $1 million, its real value is 3.75 million euros. Made of 99.999% pure gold. “Why did we make the purest and largest gold coin in the world? Because we can”announces the mint, which put up five copies for sale, after entering the Guinness World Records.

Owner lent it

How did he get to the Bode Museum, famous for housing one of the world’s finest collections of ancient statues? The director of the medal treasury, Bernhard Weiser, is more enthusiastic about antique coins in circulation before Jesus Christ than this newly rich thing, yet he continued his journey, a symbol of the upheavals of capitalism. A private investor buys a coin at the time of the 2008 global financial crisis – safe haven gold – and then resells it at auction, after it went bankrupt. It was then acquired by a Spanish gold merchant, who sold it to Boris Fuchsmann, a German citizen of Ukrainian origin. The successful businessman in the media sector is on loan to the museum, arriving at 1Verse December 2010, after an exhibition in Vienna.

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