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FRANKFURT—The Deutsche Bundesbank last year brought back about 216 metric tons (238 tons) of gold to Frankfurt, it said in a press release Thursday, adding that its plan announced four years ago to move more of Germany’s gold reserves back home was far ahead of schedule.

The German central bank said that last year it moved 111 metric tons from New York and 105 metric tons from Paris. “The transfers were carried out without any disruptions or irregularities. The gold storage plan for New York, which envisaged the transfer of 300 tonnes of gold from New York to Frankfurt, was fully realised in 2016,” Bundesbank board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele said in the news release.

He said that the bank would be able to achieve its transfer goal from Paris this year, meaning that there would no longer be German gold reserves stored in the French capital.

“The realisation of the gold storage plan is therefore considerably ahead of the original schedule,” the news release says.

The Bundesbank aims to store half of Germany’s gold reserves in its own vaults in Frankfurt by 2020. At the end of last year, the Bundesbank had 47.9% of its gold in Frankfurt, 36.6% at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 12.8% at the Bank of England in London, and 2.7% at the Banque de France in Paris.

When Germany announced four years ago that it would repatriate some of its gold reserves from France and the U.S., it said the decision was to improve reserve management practices and auditing. The move, however, followed a grass-roots campaign by the tabloid press, which played on fears that the euro crisis could ultimately put the country’s gold reserves at risk.

Write to Todd Buell at todd.buell@wsj.com

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