23 Nov 2022 7:19 p.m

The unique gold treasure in the Celtic Museum in Manching near Ingolstadt in Upper Bavaria has been stolen. According to the police, the collector’s value of the 483 coins is estimated at several million euros. It is the largest Celtic gold find of the 20th century.

For the Roman-Celtic Museum in Manching, Upper Bavaria, the gold find was the magnificent flagship – now the 483 coins are gone. Burglars have completely stolen the gold treasure from the Celtic period, which is more than two thousand years old and now costs several million euros.

According to initial investigations, there was a burglary in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The perpetrators disappeared undetected. The crime was only discovered when the employees came to the Celtic-Roman Museum in the morning. First, the criminal investigation department of the police headquarters in Ingolstadt was turned on. Because of the great value of the stolen goods, the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office (LKA) soon took over the case.

According to the LKA, the collector’s value of the historical coins is estimated at several million euros. It is the largest Celtic gold find that has appeared in the last century. A team of archaeologists discovered the coins in 1999 during excavations in the Manching area near Ingolstadt. The museum’s display case contained 483 gold coins weighing a total of around four kilograms, as the LKA announced on Tuesday evening. They would date from around the first century BC.

The Bavarian Minister of State for Science and Art Markus Blume (CSU) spoke of an enormous cultural loss. He emphasized:

“The loss of the Celtic treasure is a catastrophe, the gold coins are irreplaceable as evidence of our history.”

An LKA spokesman said that the showcase with the treasure was broken open and the gold was completely stolen. He added: “The burglary was classic, as you would imagine in a bad film.” Investigators plan to release more information about the burglary on Wednesday. So far it is unclear how the perpetrators switched off the alarm systems.

According to a report by Bavarian Radio (BR) a possible connection between the burglary in the museum and a sabotage attack on a Telekom technical room in the Manching area in the district of Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm is also being examined. A police spokesman confirmed this to the news agency dpa on Wednesday.

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Fiber optic cables were severed shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday night, which led to the loss of telephone and Internet connections for around 13,000 private and corporate customers around Manching. The temporal and spatial proximity to the museum burglary suggests a connection, according to a police spokesman. Due to this act of sabotage, no alarm was raised by the police during the break-in.

Since 2006, the gold treasure has been exhibited in the museum that opened at the time in the district of Pfaffenhofen/Ilm. The so-called oppidum of Manching is considered an important Celtic settlement in which archaeologists keep documenting finds to this day.

But the importance of Manching is also known to criminals. At the beginning of May, robbers had dug about 140 holes on the site of a regular scientific excavation. It is not yet known whether Celtic finds were stolen in the process.

Dozens of investigators are now working on the current case in Manching. The police are also in contact with their colleagues in Dresden and Berlin, where there have also been major break-ins in museums in recent years.

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(dpa/rt)

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