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(BBC-US)   Canadian Mint: "Why did we make the world's purest and largest gold bullion coin? Because we can." Really ballsy thieves: "Challenge accepted." German police: "We got this." Canadian Mint: "Where's the damn coin?" Really ballsy thieves: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   ( bbc.com) divider line
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2017-07-12 09:35:19 AM  
Anything can be an ass-coin if you're brave enough.
 
2017-07-12 10:34:02 AM  
Probably used it in this:

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2017-07-12 01:26:15 PM  
Ocean's Six and Two Sevenths
 
2017-07-12 01:33:03 PM  
You could buy a *lot* of poutine and Labatts with that.
 
2017-07-12 01:35:48 PM  
Either Europe has a better class of heist criminals, or we have news suppression. Or maybe they're all in business/politics.
 
2017-07-12 01:48:10 PM  
Grab some on the way out.

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2017-07-12 01:57:29 PM  

uncleacid: Grab some on the way out.

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www.necco.com
 
2017-07-12 01:57:52 PM  
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Unavailable for comment.
 
2017-07-12 01:59:17 PM  
They are said to be at a loss as to how the thieves broke bullet-proof glass inside the building

bullet-proof doesn't mean unbreakable. It's not magical glass.
 
2017-07-12 02:01:42 PM  
Why the fark did the Mint make these?
Unless I'm mistaken, five of these things were issued in 2007?
I believe this was around when the Harper government was selling off public assets and shutting down services like Coast Guard rescue stations with the excuse of saving a million here and there.
But hey, yeah, giant gold coins was probably the best use of resources.
If you spend millions of dollars on giant Loonies.... I don't have a lot of sympathy when one gets stolen.
Even if my own tax dollars helped pay for them.

Melt the rest down and put it towards something useful.
 
2017-07-12 02:02:19 PM  
i0.wp.com
 
2017-07-12 02:02:25 PM  
You think it's cool and all, but try getting one of those things out when if falls behind your couch cushions...
 
2017-07-12 02:05:36 PM  
The suspected robbers are believed to have used a ladder to get into the Bode museum and a wheelbarrow to carry the 53cm (21in) coin away in March.

So, this wasn't quite Ocean's Eleven
 
2017-07-12 02:09:36 PM  
You'd think there would be better security for a solid gold object that can be carried by one or two people.
 
2017-07-12 02:11:10 PM  
How much is that in Canada Tire bucks?
 
2017-07-12 02:13:00 PM  

abhorrent1: They are said to be at a loss as to how the thieves broke bullet-proof glass inside the building

bullet-proof doesn't mean unbreakable. It's not magical glass.

They are said to be at a loss as to how the thieves broke bullet-proof glass inside the building and evaded burglar alarms.


There is an "and."

Remember, these guys stole a coin that weighs as much as a corpse from a museum while using (as far as they know) a ladder and wheelbarrow. There's more to that story than smashy-smashy.
 
OOF
2017-07-12 02:15:16 PM  
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2017-07-12 02:17:16 PM  
Well, we needed a nice little tea table and we didn't have any cheap tropical wood because Pier One and That Bombay Company place was bogarting it all, so we said, what the Hell, let's make a $1 million coin and use it as a tiny tea table.

Canada has nothing if not a lot of minerals. Rocks, water and trees are everywhere, but you want something a little special for your tea.
 
2017-07-12 02:17:47 PM  
LOL BITCOIN MINERS

/wrong thread?
 
2017-07-12 02:19:09 PM  
Whoever melt it, dealt it.
 
2017-07-12 02:20:13 PM  
Let's face it.  You steal a gold coin worth 4.2 million dollars, you're most likely getting caught.

It's not like you knocked off the local Best Buy for a few Mac Book Pro's or something.  It's a 4 million dollar heist.

They tend to allocate a lot of resources to something like that.
 
2017-07-12 02:21:23 PM  
It is true you know. We can. Canada makes the coins and banknotes for a lot of the world's countries too small to have their own mints.

We did it for them.

It is a cool way to advertise our services to the world.

Silly but cool. Personally I draw the line at glass "gems" and enamel stickers. A bit tacky, even though I love the WB cartoons and such.

If you want a gold bath tub or a gold toilet, suit yourself. It is only gold. It is a good conducter of heat and electricity. It makes great frying pans if you don't let the eggs stick. Remember to use a wood or plastic spatula. Gold scratches really easy.
 
2017-07-12 02:22:52 PM  
I know that if I was offered a novelty-sized coin and was assured that the coin was genuine and not stolen, I would take that person at their word.
 
2017-07-12 02:23:53 PM  
If it was custom-stolen for a collector by pros, we will never see it again.

It's probably in the collection of some Arab prince or possibly one of the Upper Class Twits.

Sounds like Trump's idea of interior decoration. He is the idiot with the gold ceiling--the low, oppressive, Imperial Death Star trash compactor ceiling. Jerk. He gives being a rich jackass a bad name.
 
2017-07-12 02:25:43 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Anything can be an ass-coin if you're brave enough.


Someone's gonna need to go to Ding Dang for some serious training...

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2017-07-12 02:26:58 PM  

UsikFark: abhorrent1: They are said to be at a loss as to how the thieves broke bullet-proof glass inside the building

bullet-proof doesn't mean unbreakable. It's not magical glass.

They are said to be at a loss as to how the thieves broke bullet-proof glass inside the building and evaded burglar alarms.

There is an "and."

Remember, these guys stole a coin that weighs as much as a corpse from a museum while using (as far as they know) a ladder and wheelbarrow. There's more to that story than smashy-smashy.


If they were able to use a ladder and a wheelbarrow to remove it, I'm pretty sure the alarms were tin cans on a string leading to the curators house or something equally absurd.
 
2017-07-12 02:29:54 PM  
Anyone want to buy a huge gold coin?  I have a friend looking to sell it.


//Just kidding.....
/Maybe it for a huge Galaga game?
 
2017-07-12 02:34:16 PM  
A 100kg coin?  That's light enough that one strong person or two average guys can lift it and carry it away.  Wake me up when someone steals Australia's record coin.

http://www.perthmint.com.au/1-tonne-gold-coin.aspx
 
2017-07-12 02:37:12 PM  

crackpancake: Anyone want to buy a huge gold coin?  I have a friend looking to sell it.


//Just kidding.....
/Maybe it for a huge Galaga game?


The coin's melt value is worth 4.5 times its face value. Whoever stole it could just saw it into pieces or melt it and sell it that way.
 
2017-07-12 02:38:07 PM  

crackpancake: Anyone want to buy a huge gold coin?  I have a friend looking to sell it.


//Just kidding.....
/Maybe it for a huge Galaga game?


I have a friend who's an expert in massive 24k gold coins.  You mind if he comes and takes a look at it?
 
2017-07-12 02:40:54 PM  

IvanTheSilent: A 100kg coin?  That's light enough that one strong person or two average guys can lift it and carry it away.


Yes.  220lbs of awkward, dense weight carried through a museum, down a few blocks, and into the subway.  pssh.  anyone could handle that with ease.  Who needs the mechanical advantage...
 
2017-07-12 02:41:06 PM  
That thing was melted into bars within 12 hours of leaving the museum...
 
2017-07-12 02:43:34 PM  
"As well as making the arrests on Wednesday morning, police seized a car where a balaclava and knife were found."

found this spoon sir life of brian
Youtube OXltf7oUOBI
 
2017-07-12 02:44:58 PM  

brantgoose: Well, we needed a nice little tea table and we didn't have any cheap tropical wood because Pier One and That Bombay Company place was bogarting it all, so we said, what the Hell, let's make a $1 million coin and use it as a tiny tea table.

Canada has nothing if not a lot of minerals. Rocks, water and trees are everywhere, but you want something a little special for your tea.


If you want a little special for your tea...
Red Rose Tea 1989
Youtube NUnbJAWk6gM
 
2017-07-12 02:45:13 PM  
Cue Ode to Joy.

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2017-07-12 02:45:35 PM  

abhorrent1: They are said to be at a loss as to how the thieves broke bullet-proof glass inside the building

bullet-proof doesn't mean unbreakable. It's not magical glass.


Well, why didn't they use magical glass?
 
2017-07-12 02:55:28 PM  
The only real victim is the German museum's insurance company, Canada will be made whole.
 
2017-07-12 02:57:09 PM  
Sounds like Mickey Donovan is up to his old tricks again.
 
2017-07-12 03:14:30 PM  

Optimus Primate: The only real victim is the German museum's insurance company, Canada will be made whole.


Yeah, but only a million CAD, the face value of the coin.
 
2017-07-12 03:18:17 PM  

abhorrent1: They are said to be at a loss as to how the thieves broke bullet-proof glass inside the building

bullet-proof doesn't mean unbreakable. It's not magical glass.


To me it just means they didn't use a bullet, duh.
 
2017-07-12 03:26:56 PM  

MillionDollarMo: Why the fark did the Mint make these?
Unless I'm mistaken, five of these things were issued in 2007?
I believe this was around when the Harper government was selling off public assets and shutting down services like Coast Guard rescue stations with the excuse of saving a million here and there.
But hey, yeah, giant gold coins was probably the best use of resources.
If you spend millions of dollars on giant Loonies.... I don't have a lot of sympathy when one gets stolen.
Even if my own tax dollars helped pay for them.

Melt the rest down and put it towards something useful.


Like 1 really big ass coin!
 
2017-07-12 03:29:12 PM  

UsikFark: crackpancake: Anyone want to buy a huge gold coin?  I have a friend looking to sell it.


//Just kidding.....
/Maybe it for a huge Galaga game?

The coin's melt value is worth 4.5 times its face value. Whoever stole it could just saw it into pieces or melt it and sell it that way.


Yeah, but it's one of just 5 printed... what does that do to its numismatic value?

I like to think we are seeing the end of a brilliant long con... workers at the mint carefully added a balance of other metals (or chocolate!) into the casting and then clad it in gold.  Their calculations gave it precisely the correct weight.  All this robbery was about was destroying the evidence.
 
2017-07-12 03:31:00 PM  

MillionDollarMo: If you spend millions of dollars on giant Loonies.... I don't have a lot of sympathy when one gets stolen.
Even if my own tax dollars helped pay for them.


I'm Canadian and I wonder if us citizens are ever going to see our $4.2 million (US?) back. Do you figure it was insured for theft?

/hahaha, probably not
//thx, Harper
 
2017-07-12 03:32:14 PM  

HoratioGates: workers at the mint carefully added a balance of other metals (or chocolate!) into the casting and then clad it in gold. Their calculations gave it precisely the correct weight.


I see you are unfamiliar with the relative densities of chocolate and gold!
/I guess lead could work
 
2017-07-12 03:36:14 PM  

WelldeadLink: abhorrent1: They are said to be at a loss as to how the thieves broke bullet-proof glass inside the building

bullet-proof doesn't mean unbreakable. It's not magical glass.

Well, why didn't they use magical glass?


I read magical ass.

Off to do some research.
 
2017-07-12 03:36:16 PM  

MillionDollarMo: But hey, yeah, giant gold coins was probably the best use of resources.


If it makes you feel any better, Canada has since sold their gold reserves, for a total of about $81.5 billion.
 
2017-07-12 03:40:25 PM  

Cynicism101: I see you are unfamiliar with the relative densities of chocolate and gold!
/I guess lead could work


All I know is that chocolate, over the years, has magically made my body denser.
 
2017-07-12 03:41:35 PM  

HoratioGates: UsikFark: crackpancake: Anyone want to buy a huge gold coin?  I have a friend looking to sell it.


//Just kidding.....
/Maybe it for a huge Galaga game?

The coin's melt value is worth 4.5 times its face value. Whoever stole it could just saw it into pieces or melt it and sell it that way.

Yeah, but it's one of just 5 printed... what does that do to its numismatic value?

I like to think we are seeing the end of a brilliant long con... workers at the mint carefully added a balance of other metals (or chocolate!) into the casting and then clad it in gold.  Their calculations gave it precisely the correct weight.  All this robbery was about was destroying the evidence.


It would be possible to make a coin the right weight and size because there's common metals that could simulate the density of gold: http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2008-03/how-make-convincing-f​ake-gol​d-bars

But if you did chemical tests or scanned the coin with gamma rays, you'd immediately see the problem.
 
2017-07-12 03:43:06 PM  

almejita: MillionDollarMo: Why the fark did the Mint make these?
Unless I'm mistaken, five of these things were issued in 2007?
I believe this was around when the Harper government was selling off public assets and shutting down services like Coast Guard rescue stations with the excuse of saving a million here and there.
But hey, yeah, giant gold coins was probably the best use of resources.
If you spend millions of dollars on giant Loonies.... I don't have a lot of sympathy when one gets stolen.
Even if my own tax dollars helped pay for them.

Melt the rest down and put it towards something useful.

Like 1 really big ass coin!


Well yeah, that's obviously better than 5 kinda-big-ass coins.
/And much better than 5 kinda-big ass-coins
 
2017-07-12 03:46:32 PM  

profplump: MillionDollarMo: But hey, yeah, giant gold coins was probably the best use of resources.

If it makes you feel any better, Canada has since sold their gold reserves, for a total of about $81.5 billion.


If all we could be trusted to do with our gold reserves is make big versions of regular coin denominations then maybe we didn't deserve all that gold in the first place!

/I could have used it... :(
 
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