On 27th March 2017, two burglars broke into the museum at night, using a ladder to climb to a window from elevated railway tracks. They grabbed the coin, loaded it onto a wheelbarrow and then carted it out of the building and along the tracks across the Spree River before descending into a park on a rope and fleeing in a getaway car.
The Gold coin was 53 centimeters in diameter and 3 centimeters thick, even made it into the Guinness Book of Records for its unrivalled degree of purity.
It weighed 100 kg! Now we wonder how the mafia must have planned to steal this heavy gold piece without leaving any traces. And of course, this would not be possible without the internal setting with the museum security.
It is believed that the stolen coin is discovered and was melted down into a gold bar. German special police forces found the precious item during several armed raids on an Arab mafia family - believed to be from Lebanon.
So far we have seen such masterminded thefts in scripted movies but this time, it has actually happened in reality! This theft is regarded as one of the most spectacular thefts in Berlin’s history.