Celtic coins valued at ‘several million euros’ stolen

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Thieves have stolen a collection of Celtic coins worth several million Euros from a German museum. During the heist thieves disrupted local telephone and internet connections in order to block the police response to the crime.

Staff at the museum in Manching, Bavaria discovered on Tuesday that a “showcase was broken” and that the collection of 450 coins had been stolen, local police told AFP.

However, investigators did not provide any other details surrounding the heist.

Local officials said there had been disruption to phone and internet services.

Manching mayor Herbert Nerb told local media Sueddeutsche Zeitung that communications had been impacted across the Bavarian town.

He said: “They cut off the whole of Manching.

“The museum is actually a high-security location. But all the connections to the police were severed.

“Professionals were at work here.”

Mr Nerb added that the disappearance of the treasure was a “complete catastrophe” for the town.

The collection of gold coins had been a highlight at the Celtic and Roman museum in Manching.

Discovered in 1999, the coins date back to the third century BC and are valued at “several million euros”, according to police.

Speaking to German news agency dpa, Bavaria’s minister of science and arts Markus Blume described the loss of the coins as a “disaster” as they couldn’t be replaced.

He said: “The loss of the Celtic treasure is a disaster.

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“As a testament to our history, the gold coins are irreplaceable.”

The theft is the latest in a number of heists from German museums in recent years.

In 2017 the “big maple leaf” considered the world’s second-largest gold coin was taken from Berlin’s Bode Museum.

Twenty one pieces of jewellery were also taken on a night time raid at Dresden’s Royal Palace in November 2019.

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