A gigantic 100-kilogram pure gold medal, estimated at 3.7 million euros ($ 5.39 million), was stolen Monday at the Bode Museum in downtown Berlin, the police said.
According to the German media, it is the play “Big Maple Leaf”, a commemorative medal coined by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007.
The piece, which features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of England, measures 53 cm in diameter and 3 cm in thickness.
The perpetrators used a ladder on a railway line near the museum and entered the building at around 3:30 am (1:10 GMT), local police reported on Twitter.
Traffic on the Berlin commuter rail lines was interrupted on Monday to allow investigators to identify early indications.
The Bode Museum, famous for its sculptures and “medals cabinet”, is located in the center of the German capital, on the “Museum Island”, the cultural heart of the former Berlin-listed World Heritage site. UNESCO since 1999.