eBay purchase of restored Iraqi tank yields hidden treasure

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Two British men are “tanking” their lucky stars after finding five gold bars worth £2 million hidden inside an Iraqi T54 tank they purchased for £30,000 on ebay.

Expecting to find nothing more than rusty guns, Nick Mead filmed the moment when mechanic Todd Chamberlain pulled the gold bullion out of the tank, shocked at the discovery, according to a report in the Daily Mail on Wednesday.

Mead owns a company called Tanks-a-Lot in Helmdon, Northamptonshire, and is heard in the video telling his colleagues what they should do with the weapons he thinks are in the tank, but Chamberlain suddenly pulls out a gold bar and says, “Well, it’s not guns, that’s for sure.”

The gold bars are believed to have been looted by Iraqi soldiers during the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

In the video, Mead says, “Is that what I think it is? How heavy is it? Seriously?! Is that gold? Oh god, that’s about five or six kilos. Wow, good here init [sic]. See how many there are, find the rest! Yeehaah! What are we going to do with them?”

He goes on to say, “Oh my God. I don’t believe it, what do you reckon they’re worth? Where did they come from?  It could be Kuwaiti or Iraqi. How many more are there? This is better than having puppies! Incredible.”

The two then decide to call the police so they can register their find.

“We’ll get a receipt and hopefully, just hopefully, we’ll get to keep it. What’s the chance of us keeping it?” they ask, and an off-camera voice replies, “Absolutely zero.”

According to the report, the tank had been restored by its previous owner, Joe Hewes, 23, who never realized that there was gold hidden inside of it.

Mead collects military vehicles and equipment and had traded an Army truck and an Abbot self-propelled gun for the tank.

Chamberlain told reporters, “We didn’t know what to do. You can’t exactly take five gold bullion bars down to Cash Converters without questions being asked, so we called the police.”

Mead said he has no illusions that he’ll get to keep the gold, but the experience has been “really good fun.”

“The chances of us keeping it are very slim,” Mead admitted, adding that he’s received strange phone calls about find. “I got a call from one person claiming to be a colonel in the British Army saying it was his.”

H/T: Daily Mail

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