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Big Maple Leaf

The Big Maple Leaf is a set of six $1 million gold coins each weighing 100 kilograms. They were produced by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, at their Ottawa facility where the first BML produced remains in storage; as of March 2017, the market value of a single Big Maple Leaf had reached $4 million. On 27 March 2017, one of the coins was stolen from a Berlin museum. A Big Maple Leaf measures 3 centimetres thick and 53 centimetres in diameter and is 999.99/1000 pure. The obverse of the BML shows Queen Elizabeth II as she has appeared on Canadian coinage since 2003, when Susanna Blunt's design became the third iteration of the queen's effigy to appear on coinage. Blunt's design shows the queen without a tiara or crown; the reverse design is senior engraver: Stan Witten. In the early hours of 27 March 2017, a Big Maple Leaf was stolen from the Münzkabinett of the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany; the cabinet is known for its huge collection of coins – more than 500,000 pieces, among them more than 100,000 Greek and 50,000 Roman ones – though only a tiny fraction of these coins are shown at exhibits.

A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mint said "...the stolen coin does not belong to the mint. After creating the original, the mint manufactured five more that were sold to interested private individuals." The coin was lent to the Bode Museum in 2010 by private owner Boris Fuchmann, was displayed there until it was stolen. In July 2017, police raids took; the suspects come from a family notorious for organised crime. Berlin Police assume that the coin was damaged during the theft when it was dropped from the train tracks onto the street. Investigators do not expect to find the coin as they found gold dust on seized clothing and a car and suspect the robbers may have melted the coin down. In January 2019, the trial against four suspects began; the two brothers and one cousin belong to a Berlin family of Lebanese origin, they are being tried in a youth court due to their age. The fourth person, a 20-year-old employee of the Bode Museum advised the others on safety measures; the whereabouts of the coin is still unknown.

Australian Gold Nugget, a one tonne gold coin minted in 2011

Saint Ténénan

Saint Ténénan is one of the mythical Breton saints of Armorica. They are not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, he is known as Tudogilus, as the father of Saint Majan and a girl named Tudona. Records suggest Saint Ténénan and Saint Tudon immigrated to Brittany at the same time, frequented the same places and therefore may be one individual; the life of Ténénan is so poorly known that Albert Le Grand wrote that at least three saints may have been confused: the first, of Irish origin lived in the fifth century as a contemporary of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Ténénan or Tinidor was born in the parish of Vallis Æquorea. According to Albert Le Grand, he was the nephew of Saint Jaoua; as a teenager, he was so handsome. Desiring to flee worldliness and having decided "to keep his virginity, he prayed, begging the Divine Majesty to make him so ugly and so deformed that no one would want him any more, promising, in return, to keep perpetual chastity, if God did him this favor, it was granted, in a moment the whole surface of his body was covered with leprosy, so that he horrified all who looked upon him."

Ténénan entered. An angel appeared to him. Under the protection of the lord of the place, he founded a small town eponymously called lann Tinidor to become Landerneau. In 615, on the death of Saint Goulven, bishop of Leon, Tenenan was elected to replace him and deputies went to Ploubennec to bring him the news. Tenenan answered them "that he felt his shoulders too weak to bear a burden so heavy," but yielding to their petitions accepted, he was consecrated bishop in the cathedral of Dol by Saint Guennou1. After serving as bishop of Leon, Ténénan died on July 16, 635, was buried in his cathedral. According to Dom Lobineau, only one relic of the saint remained in the early eighteenth century, in the church of Trégarantec, under the name of St. Ternoc. Saint Ténénan is sometimes confused with Saint Arnoc and some historians believe that he is in fact the same saint. Vita S. Tenenani, cited in: Albert Le Grand, Les vies des saints de la Bretagne Armorique: ensemble un ample catalogue chronologique et historique des evesques d'icelle... et le catalogue de la pluspart des abbés, blazons de leurs armes et autres curieuses recherches...

J. Salaün, Quimper

Yingwuzhou Yangtze River Bridge

The Yingwuzhou Yangtze River Bridge is a bridge carrying the southern section of the Second Ring Road over the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world with two consecutive 850 m spans; the bridge cost 3.08 billion yuan to build and opened on December 28, 2014. Yingwuzhou means "parrot island," a famous island, mentioned many times in Tang dynasty poems, but has now been part of Hanyang due to the redirection of the river. Bridges and tunnels across the Yangtze River List of longest suspension bridge spans List of largest bridges in China