Dutchman faces charges of attempted theft from German museum

A Dutchman faces charges for the theft in 2019 of Roman coins from a German museum.

In November 2019, a group of men broke into the Rhineland State Museum, one of the largest archaeological museums in Germany. According to the police report, the men entered the museum by climbing the scaffolding and opening the window from outside. The goal was to steal the Trier Gold Hoard, a large collection of ancient gold coins. However, they discovered that the collection was protected by a reinforced glass panel which they could not open. Attempts to break it set off the alarm. While two thieves were able to escape, the third was apprehended by security.

Rhineland State Museum

The Golden Treasure of Trier is one of the most important archaeological finds from Roman times. It was found in the city of Trier, one of the most important cities of the ancient Roman Empire. The collection of 25,000 gold coins is estimated today at 11.9 million dollars. It is one of the most impressive collections in the Rhineland Museum. The treasure, which may have been hidden there during the Civil War in AD 196, was discovered during excavations in 1993.

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The attempted theft became a scandal in Germany, where art institutions were already accused of lax security. In 2017, the large maple leaf was stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin, while 68 artifacts were vandalized in various German museums in 2020. Last year, Monika Grütters (Minister of State and Culture, Germany ), called for better security in museums.

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