Half of the insurance, or 2.1 million euros, will be awarded to the owner of the 100-kilogram gold “Big Maple Leaf” that was stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin in 2017, the German newspaper “Tagesspiegel” reported on Wednesday. The Canadian coin, weighing a hundred kilograms, was at least twice its value and was not found, although the perpetrators have already been found guilty.
Four years after the 100-kilogram “Great Maple Leaf” gold coin was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum, the private owner succeeded in part in the appeals court. He borrowed a pure gold coin from a private collection stolen from the gallery. The insurance company refused the payment due to security breaches.
Now, however, the court has indemnified the owner in the amount of € 2.1 million. This is 50 per cent of the value of the insurance, which amounted to 4.2 million euros. The pure gold coin is also valued at this level.
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In March last year, the district court dismissed the first-instance lawsuit, and it shared allegations of safety neglect at the Bode Museum. However, the appeals court found that cutting benefits in half was sufficient. The insurance company now has to pay 1.26 million euros in addition to interest. It has already paid 840,000 PLN on its own initiative. The euro, or 20 percent of the insurance’s value.
A 100-kilogram Canadian coin bearing a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was stolen from a display case on the night of March 27, 2017. The thieves entered the window. Police found, among other things, an abandoned ladder near the railroad tracks, which was being used to commit a crime.
In July 2017, there were police raids and arrests in connection with the theft. The detainees belong to a large Arab Ramo family known for organized crime, and they were sentenced to prison for theft. However, investigators do not expect to find the coin. The police suspect that the robbers may have melted her down.
The original coin is in the Royal Mint of Canada, and five copies are in the hands of collectors. It is 3.53 cm thick, has a face value of one million dollars, and is made of pure gold, the so-called zero trial.