The most spectacular art robberies in history


Armed up to their teeth, or disguised as policemen – time and again, thieves have pilfered valuable art objects and paintings. Most recently, a valuable but very heavy gold coin was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum.

Called the “Big Maple Leaf,” a coin weighing 100 kilograms (220 pounds) was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum earlier this week. Issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, it features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The massive piece has a diameter of 53 centimeters (21 inches) and is three centimeters thick. The piece has also entered the Guinness Book of Records for its unsurpassed purity of 999.99/1000 gold…. Read more

Image: Europe’s biggest art burglary. Poppy Field Near Vétheuil” by Claude Monet. Credit: AKG Images