FOUND > $1 Million in Gold Hidden in eBay Tank

Fuel Tank was Way Heavier than it Should Be

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An Iraqi Type-69 Tank, similar to the tank bought on eBay (source: U.S. Military).


April 11, 2017
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

HELMDON, UK (VIDEO) – A man who traded approximately $37,000 in military items for a tank he found on eBay, has discovered more than $1 million in gold, hidden inside.

Nick Mead, acquired the tank to restore it for use in his business, Tanks-A-Lot. The company provides tanks and other armored vehicles for driving experiences as well as classes, events, and use in films.

Captured on Video

The discovery of the gold was captured on video (at the 2-minute mark), because Mead and his mechanic Todd Chamberlain had found live ammunition earlier. Then, after noticing a fuel tank was substantially heavier than it should be, they thought they may have found more weaponry. And they thought it prudent to have a video-record of the source of items they'd be turning-in to authorities.

In total they found five gold bars weighing between twelve and fourteen pounds, likely more than 900 troy ounces combined. Many media companies have reported an estimated value of $2.4 million. However, a Popular Mechanics article suggest; "the value of the gold bars doesn't quite add up." Based on known weight, they place the value closer to $1.2 million. Either way, it's a tremendous find.

Looted?

Because the Type-69 Tank had once belonged to Iraq, and the Iraqi military was known for wide-scale looting of Kuwait, during the 1990 invasion. There's speculation the gold bars may have been looted from Kuwait. That's definitely a possibility, especially knowing 3,200 gold bars were returned under UN supervision after the war.

The gold has since been turned over to the local authorities by Mr. Mead, so at this time it's uncertain whether he'll be able to keep any of the find. However, the Daily Mail reports he was given a receipt for the find, which he's keeping safe in his safety deposit box... just in case.

Top 25: Gold Bullion Bars on eBay

The following list today's current Top 25 active Gold Bar auctions sorted by highest-bid on eBay, worldwide.


22K Bar/Finger With Contemporary Counterstamps, 137.4 Grams

High Bid: $5,688.88
Bids: 27
Time Left:
2d 13h 11m


SOLID GOLD BAR- not marked-- tested 900 Fine ---weight 169.8 gr *** LOT 3874E

High Bid: $5,600.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
3d 8h 21m


Sale Price - 1 oz Gold Bar PAMP Suisse Lady Fortuna Veriscan .9999 Fine (In Assa

High Bid: $1,337.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
1d 6h 44m


Credit Suisse One Ounce 999.9 Fine Gold Ingot

High Bid: $1,336.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
2d 13h 11m


1 Oz Pamp Suisse Lady Fortuna Gold Bar .9999 Fine (In Assay)

High Bid: $1,335.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
4d 14h 26m


$50 GOLD AMERICAN EAGLE ONE OUNCE 2014 GEM BU

High Bid: $1,325.00
Bids: 22
Time Left:
17h 6m


1OZ MELBOURNE MINT KANGAROO GOLD MINTED BAR

High Bid: $1,151.83
Bids: 12
Time Left:
8d 18h 43m


Antique Gold Hamilton Pocket Watch

High Bid: $725.00
Bids: 22
Time Left:
6d 16h 44m


10 Grams KINE BAR 3-D Gold Effect RARE& STUNNING!! # 323731

High Bid: $433.00
Bids: 20
Time Left:
10h 33m


24k gold .9999 10 gram gold bar - Perth Mint 

High Bid: $420.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
2d 19h 32m


CREDIT SUISSE 10 GRAMS GOLD BAR .9999 FINE 24kt

High Bid: $417.00
Bids: 44
Time Left:
2d 16h 11m


(2) 1 gram GOLD BARS

High Bid: $280.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
2d 21h 18m


Vintage Engelhard 5 G 999.9 Fine Gold Assay Certificate Serial Number 29578

High Bid: $273.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
3d 9h 42m


5 Gram Gold Bar ~ No Reserve!

High Bid: $227.50
Bids: 21
Time Left:
19h 26m


5 ~ GRAM PURE GOLD BAR ~ PAMP SUISSE ~ FORTUNA ~ *NEW VERSION* ~ ASSAY ~$9.99 NR

High Bid: $225.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
4d 19h 7m


5 Gram Gold Bar ~ No Reserve!

High Bid: $218.50
Bids: 13
Time Left:
19h 29m


5 ~ GRAM PURE GOLD BAR ~ PAMP SUISSE ~ FORTUNA ~ *NEW VERSION* ~ ASSAY ~$9.99 NR

High Bid: $218.50
Bids: 18
Time Left:
2d 17h 36m


5 GRAM GOLD BAR - LADY FORTUNA - .9999 FINE GOLD - IN ASSAY CARD #114

High Bid: $216.11
Bids: 15
Time Left:
17h 15m


5 GRAM GOLD BAR - LADY FORTUNA - .9999 FINE GOLD - IN ASSAY CARD #188

High Bid: $216.01
Bids: 15
Time Left:
11h 14m


5 GRAM GOLD BAR - LADY FORTUNA - .9999 FINE GOLD - IN ASSAY CARD #124

High Bid: $216.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
1d 19h 15m


24k 5 Grams Pamp Suisse 2012 Dragon Bar Mint Cond!! # CO3002

High Bid: $215.45
Bids: 27
Time Left:
10h 43m


5 GRAM GOLD BAR - LADY FORTUNA - .9999 FINE GOLD - IN ASSAY CARD #117

High Bid: $215.09
Bids: 21
Time Left:
15h 16m


5 gram Credit Suisse .9999 Fine Gold Bar

High Bid: $212.50
Bids: 13
Time Left:
2d 13h 58m


5 Gram Perth Mint Gold Bullion Bar

High Bid: $212.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
4h 7m


5 gram Pamp Suisse Gold Bar .9999 Fine (In Assay)

High Bid: $203.50
Bids: 3
Time Left:
3d 19h 6m