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A collector of tanks went on to strike gold in 2017. This does sound quite unbelievable- but this actually happened. This collector from the United Kingdom was very surprised after he and his partner opened one of the diesel fuel tanks— it contained $2.4 million worth of gold bars. The tank in question was purchased by Nick Mead. This collector’s company- Tank Alots- provides tanks and other armored vehicles on hire. They are used for private events, driving classes- and also film appearances. Mead came across the tank- which was an ex-Iraqi Army Type 69, after trading an Abbot Howitzer and a British Army truck.
Nick Mead and his mechanic, Todd Chamberlain had been shooting a video of them opening up the tank. They had initially found quite a few machine gun ammunition. And now they wanted to document in case they found more. The video does show them pulling out five solid gold bars that each weigh around twelve pounds. Mead went on to deposit the gold with the authorities. And for his efforts- he was issued with a receipt for the bars of bullion. The tank he bought- Type 69- is quite common in the Iraqi army. This particular one was a Chinese copy of the Soviet T-55 medium tank.
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Man Purchases Tank- Finds Gold Bullion Inside
The mechanic, Mr. Chamberlain informed The Sun– “We didn’t know what to do. You can’t exactly take five gold bullion bars down to Cash Convertors without questions being asked, so we called the police.” Mr. Mead stated, “We know it is definitely an Iraqi tank and our theory is the gold is from Kuwait but we don’t know. When we found it, we were all laughing and joking and decided what we were going to spend the money on. My sister wanted a Land Rover and I would buy a Rolls Royce Phantom and chop the back off to make a pick-up truck.”
The tank was first purchased by a Mr. Hewes- who managed to get it working. “I saw it advertised and I had this idea of doing a ‘From Russia With Love’ experience where people would come and drive three Russian tanks. I always keep an eye on military vehicles on eBay, I check it once every three days. […] It is unusual to get one of these now, they range from around 10,000 pounds to 60,000 pounds. I did well buying it for 30,000 pounds.”
Mr. Hewes also said that he often buys tanks to try and make them work.
So, what would you have done with the gold? Let us know in the comments!
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