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Robbers steal millions in gold coins from Mexican mint

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Robbers steal millions in gold coins from Mexican mint

Armed robbers successfully broke into the national mint and escaped from the scene with centennial coins worth millions of dollars. Local media suspect government officials helped the thieves.








Mexico's security ministry announced on Tuesday that an armed group of robbers broke into the nation's mint, stealing the equivalent of 50 million Mexican pesos (€2.23 million, $2.5 million) in gold coins.

The announcement came after sources from the Department of Finance and Public Credit confirmed the crime to news agency EFE.

According to a Mexico City police report, two people, one with a firearm, broke into the mint after throwing a security guard to the ground and taking his gun.

One of the robbers then went to an open vault and filled a backpack with 1,567 gold coins. The robbers then carried the gold centennials directly from the scene.

Officials from Mexico City's Secretariat for Citizen Security are currently in the testimonial process of the case.

Officials from the government coin manufacturer are suspected of assisting the robbers.

The Mexican Mint is an independent agency of the federal government and is responsible for producing the country's money.

The gold centennial coin was minted for the first time in 1921 to commemorate the first 100 years of Mexican independence. While production was discontinued in 1931, it resumed in 1943 due to growing demands for gold at the time.

The coins, made from 34 grams of pure gold, are valued at around 37,500 Mexican pesos each (US $1,916) and are also much sought after by collectors.

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Inspired by Netflix series?

Already taking over Mexico's social networks, many netizens are comparing the robbery to the popular Spanish Netflix series, La Casa de Papel/Money Heist, whose characters perform actions resembling those of Tuesday's robbers.

However, this is not the first time that the mint has been the target of a heist.In June 2018, four armed men stole ancient silver and gold coins worth around 3 million Mexican pesos from the mint during a renovation.

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That would be a pretty good guess...
Yeah, according to the jist of the "article" there was just one guard between the open world and an open vault containing millions of $'s worth of gold. Sounds legit.
 

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I'm waiting for a similar story about the ft know gold. Guard gets knocked out and all the gold is stolen. FBI investigates the case for years with no leads. Gov comes out and says well, all the gold was there but some masterminds stole it. Kinda true. The masterminds were those in Gov that allowed it to happen though.
 

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I'm waiting for a similar story about the ft know gold. Guard gets knocked out and all the gold is stolen. FBI investigates the case for years with no leads. Gov comes out and says well, all the gold was there but some masterminds stole it. Kinda true. The masterminds were those in Gov that allowed it to happen though.
Ahhh Goldfinger.

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The fix was in, just my opinion...
 

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Roughly 115 lbs (avoirdupois) if my quick calculations ($1500 a troy ounce) are correct.
 

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I thought only bitcoin got stolen...
 

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They allow 007 to shoot a movie in the fort but can't let us in to count and ogle?

Also...the Mexican heist...gold coins taken...left the paper.
 

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They allow 007 to shoot a movie in the fort but can't let us in to count and ogle?......
NOPE not even back then. A movie crew got some exterior footage of the Depository at Fort Knox but all indoor scenes were filmed elsewhere.
"...Though the exterior of the real Fort Knox, Kentucky, south of Louisville near the Indiana border, is briefly seen, the fort was recreated at Black Park Woodland behind the studio at Pinewood. A wholly fantastic interior (the problems of storing gold bullion make vaults boringly unphotogenic) was created on a soundstage". ...

http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/g/Goldfinger.php