The Bavarian state police said that strangers stole a huge amount of ancient gold coins dating back to around 100 BC from the Celtic and Roman Museum near Munich. n. no. and are worth several million euros.
The valuable coins were stolen early Tuesday morning from the Celtic and Roman Museum in Manching, 60 kilometers north of Munich.
The largest find of Celtic gold in the past centuryThe 483 gold coins were discovered in 1999 during excavations at the site of an ancient settlement in Manchning and are considered to be the largest find of Celtic gold discovered in the 20th century. They have been on display in the museum since 2006. The value of the coins, which weigh around four kilograms in total, is estimated at several million euros, writes the German press agency DPA.
“The loss of Celtic treasure is a disaster. As evidence of our history, gold coins are irreplaceable,” said the Bavarian Minister of Science and the Arts Markus Blume. He added that the thieves proved “incredible criminal energy“.
Disturbances in telephone and Internet connectionsinLocal police said it was “broken display case“, in which the gold coins were kept. The investigators, however, gave few additional clues about who could be behind the alleged robbery. According to a representative of the Bavarian criminal investigators, the gold coins will most likely be difficult to sell. “We fear that the Celtic coins will be melted down and sold for the price of their gold value.” he said, adding that the sale of such cultural goods is “very special” reports the press agency AFP.
At the time of the theft, disturbances in telephone and Internet connections were detected. The mayor Herbert Nerb is for a German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung said: “They cut off the entire Manching. The museum is actually a very secure location. But all links with the police have been severed. Professionals were at work,” He added that the alienation of gold coins “a total disaster” for his place.
The Bavarian police are calling on eyewitnesses to contact them if they saw anyone suspicious near the museum or have any other information that could lead to the discovery of the treasure.
After places in Dresden and BerlinThe event took place only three years after the spectacular theft of at least 113.8 million euros worth of baroque valuables from the historic part of the treasury of the museum in Dresden. In 2017, however, a 100-kilogram, 24-carat gold coin was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum, the value of which is estimated at 3.8 million euros.