Steal Celtic gold coins from the German Museum in an amazing robbery

On Tuesday, the Bavarian State Police reported that a large horde of ancient Celtic gold coins had been stolen from the Celtic and Roman Museum in Manching, Germany. Authorities value the coins, which collectively weigh about 4 kilograms (8.8 lb), at over $1 million.

“The loss of the Celtic treasure is a catastrophe,” Bavaria’s Minister of Science and Arts Markus Blume told dpa. “As evidence of our history, gold coins are irreplaceable.”

483 coins were first found in 1999 in an ancient Celtic settlement known as the Oppidum of Manching. Archaeologists quickly realized how exciting the discovery was: the coins represented the largest find of Celtic gold in the 20th century. The burial is also the subject of ongoing scholarly research on Celtic trade networks.

The largest find of Celtic gold of the 20th century was made near Manching in 1999.
(Photo by Frank Machler/DPA from Getty Images)

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The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that the circumstances of the robbery stemmed from a Hollywood movie. In order to avoid triggering the alarm, the thieves cut the telecommunications cables which caused internet and telephone outages throughout Mansheng.

The robbery reportedly lasted only 9 minutes.

“The museum is in fact a heavily guarded site. But all contacts with the police have been cut off,” Mayor of Manching Herbert Nerb told the Bavarian newspaper. “The professionals were at work here.”

Police are appealing witnesses who may have seen suspicious individuals near the museum or have other information that might lead to the recovery of the treasure.

The Celtic and Roman Museum is pictured in evening light, in Manching, Germany, Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

The Celtic and Roman Museum is pictured in evening light, in Manching, Germany, Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
(Armin Weigel/dpa via AP)

Robert Gebhard, head of the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection in Munich, estimated the treasure’s value at 1.6 million euros ($1.65 million). “Archaeologists hope that the coins will remain in their original condition and reappear at some point,” he said, adding that they are well documented and would be difficult to sell.

He explained that “the worst option, melting, would mean a complete loss for us,” noting that the physical value of gold itself would only reach about 250,000 euros at current market prices.

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The Manching robbery is the latest in a series of museum thefts that have plagued Germany in recent years.

In November of 2019, thieves raided Dresden’s Green Vault, one of Europe’s greatest treasure collections. The value of the jewels that were stolen during that robbery is estimated at $100 million. Six Germans accused of involvement in the theft went on trial in January this year.

Before that, in March 2017, the “large maple leaf”, a gold coin considered the second largest in the world, was stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin.

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Authorities were unable to recover items stolen from either theft.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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