Four arrested over Berlin heist but 100-kg gold coin missing

German police make arrests over €4m gold coin heist

German special police have arrested several people suspected of having carried out the old-fashioned heist of a €4m (£3.6m) 100kg gold in Berlin.

According to Smithsonian.com, the Royal Canadian Mint produced only five copies of the coin, one of which was displayed behind bulletproof glass at Berlin's Bode Museum.

The Canadian coin with the picture of Queen Elizabeth II has a face value of 1 million USA dollars. It was surrounded by other, smaller gold coins.

The investigators found a deep impact mark below the tracks, suggesting that the coin was dropped and likely damaged.

"We've got enough evidence to charge them", said Carsten Pfohl of the Berlin regional criminal force, who headed the investigation into one of the most audacious robberies in recent German history.

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The theft of the Canadian commemorative coin, whose material value is estimated at nearly €3.8m, had stunned Berliners due to the seeming simplicity of the robbers' plan. Police also seized a vehicle containing a knife and a disguise. Police also searched a jewelry store in the Berlin neighborhood, saying they had indications the store may have been involved in the possible sale of the gold.

The majority of the raided homes were in the district of Neukölln, an area with a large immigrant population, a police spokesman said. After several interested buyers came forward, the Mint decided to make a very limited number of coins available for sale.

Two service staff at the state body that runs Berlin's museums were among those being investigated by police, the body's chief of security Hans-Juergen Harras told the national news agency DPA.

Police in early July published video surveillance footage of the suspected thieves that showed three men wearing dark clothes, their faces obscured by hoodies, high collars and their hands.

Canadian Mint says: "Why did the Royal Canadian Mint make the world's purest and largest gold bullion coin?" They then transported the coin in a wheelbarrow to the other side of the river where they loaded it into a auto and drove away.

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