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This file photo shows the gold coin 'Big Maple Leaf' in the Bode Museum in Berlin

This file photo shows the gold coin 'Big Maple Leaf' in the Bode Museum in Berlin

AP

This file photo shows the gold coin 'Big Maple Leaf' in the Bode Museum in Berlin

Thieves have stolen a massive 100kg (220lb) gold coin worth millions of euro from Berlin's Bode Museum.

The thieves apparently entered through a window at about 3.30am, before breaking into a cabinet where the Canadian "Big Maple Leaf" coin was kept and escaping with it before police arrived.

A ladder was later found near railway tracks close to the museum.

The 3cm (1.18in) thick coin, with a diameter of 53cm (20.9in), has a face value of over €924,000. By weight alone, however, it would be worth over €4.16 million at current market prices.

The museum said the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold.

It has a portrait of the Queen on one side and Canadian maple leaves on the other.

PA Media