Four men were tried in Berlin, charged with the notorious theft of a huge gold coin from the Bode Museum of the German capital in 201
The 100 kg heavy Canadian "Big Maple Leaf" was made of pure 24- Carat gold and worth € 3.75 million (£ 3.4 million).
The main suspects, who were all in their early 20s, are two brothers and a cousin from a Lebanese Berlin family who is accused of organized crime left.
The robbery allegedly used a ladder, a wheelbarrow and an ambulance.
Detectives did not salvage the coin and believe that it was either cut to pieces or melted down and sold.
The prosecution claims the three main suspects climbed onto adjacent tracks and used a ladder as a bridge to enter the museum through an unannounced third-floor window.
The men then hit through a bullet-proof glass case to steal the coin. It is believed that they have carried the coin away with a wheelbarrow before they rappel off the tracks to their escape vehicle.
A fourth man, 20-year-old Denis W, worked as a security guard in the museum and is accused of facilitating the robbery by providing advice on location and security.
The men are brought before a juvenile court and are not in detention. If found guilty, they could be sentenced to imprisonment.
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The Big Maple Leaf Coin
- coined in 2007 by the Royal Canadian Mint and then certified by Guinness World Records as the world's largest gold coin
- There were five coins
- with a thickness of 3 inches and a diameter of 53 inches and with a picture of Queen Elizabeth II. Made on the one hand as Canada's head of state
- . The other side shows the Canadian national symbol, the maple leaf
- Canadian Mint says, "Why did the Royal Canadian Mint make the purest and biggest gold coin in the world? Because we can"
- Was featured in a coin cabinet at the Bode Museum of over 540,000 objects kept. However, German media reports only on the "Big Maple Leaf" w as stolen