A Lebanese family in Germany is accused of stealing a giant gold coin from the Bode Museum in Berlin, according to a source. The Canadian “Big Maple Leaf” weighs 100 kg and is worth 4.3 million dollars.
The coin has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II drawn by the Canadian artist Susanna Blunt on the front and a giant maple leaf on the back. In 2007, Guinness World Records named it the world’s largest coin.
The German police detained three members of the clan. The authorities seized 77 houses, apartment blocks, and garden allotments which are worth 12 million dollars. The family, who is not named for legal reasons, is suspected of mafia-style crimes. The clan is identified only as “R”.
The gold coin has not been found yet. Authorities fear that it has been melted and sold off. Investigators suspect that the family bought those properties with the proceeds of crime, including murder, drug-dealing, blackmail, and human trafficking.