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.


1 Troy oz Scottsdale Mint Hammered Gold Tombstone Round .9999 Fine

High Bid: $1,289.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
2d 6h 30m


1 oz Gold Bar Pamp Suisse Lady Fortuna Veriscan IN ASSAY

High Bid: $1,275.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
2d 23h 40m


Suisse 1 ounce (oz) Fine Gold Bar Swiss Made PAMP FREE SHIPPING SKU #86748

High Bid: $1,250.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
5d 7h 54m


1 Troy Ounce Ingot of Pamp Suisse .9999 fine Gold

High Bid: $1,249.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 12h 31m


(Lot of 2) 1/2 troy oz Gold Bar - Pamp Suisse (In Assay)

High Bid: $1,200.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 5h 23m


1 oz Gold Bar Pamp Suisse Lady Fortuna Veriscan (In Assay)

High Bid: $1,150.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
3d 18h 45m


1 oz Pamp Suisse Gold Bar .9999 Fine Gold BAR

High Bid: $1,032.99
Bids: 5
Time Left:
1d 7h 25m


1 oz Gold Bar Pamp Suisse Lady Fortuna Veriscan IN ASSAY

High Bid: $1,025.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
5d 22h 55m


1 oz PAMP Suisse Gold Bar .999 (In Assay)

High Bid: $955.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
4d 15h 22m


Lot of 2 10gr GOLD SMI Sunshine Mint USA Gold bars In Assay Card 999.9

High Bid: $820.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 7h 25m


Perth Mint 20 gram.9999 Gold Bar New Sealed With Assay Certificate 24 Karat

High Bid: $660.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
4d 5h 11m


20 gram Credit Suisse .9999 Fine Gold Bar Sealed 0.643015 oz

High Bid: $660.00
Bids: 24
Time Left:
4d 6h 32m


24 karat fine gold ~ hand poured free form ~ 11.27 grams ~ Lab Analysis: 100% Au

High Bid: $435.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
1d 7h 25m


Lot of 2 5gr GOLD SMI Sunshine Mint USA Gold bars In Assay Card 999.9

High Bid: $425.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 7h 25m


24 karat fine gold ~ hand poured free form ~ 13.08 grams ~ Lab Analysis: 100% Au

High Bid: $400.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
6h 45m


24 karat fine gold ~ hand poured free form ~ 11.77 grams ~ Lab Analysis: 100% Au

High Bid: $370.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 7h 25m


Pamp Suisse 5g Gold Bar and 5g Platinum Bar

High Bid: $350.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
3d 6h 38m


3, 2.5 gram RMC 24K PURE GOLD BARS. PERFECT!!!

High Bid: $312.00
Bids: 38
Time Left:
1d 5h 28m


LOT of 5 - 1 Gram Sunshine Mint .9999 Fine Gold Bar In Assay Mint Mark SI 5 oz's

High Bid: $256.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
7h 42m


5 Gram RMC Republic Metals .9999 Fine Gold Bar in Assay

High Bid: $233.35
Bids: 30
Time Left:
6h 26m


5 Gram Pamp Suisse Fortuna Gold Bar Ingot 9999 sealed, older assay card

High Bid: $226.25
Bids: 12
Time Left:
3h 55m


5 Gram RMC Republic Metals .9999 Fine Gold Bar in Assay

High Bid: $223.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
1d 6h 32m


5 Gram RMC Republic Metals .9999 Fine Gold Bar in Assay

High Bid: $223.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
2d 6h 30m


5 gram R.M.C. 24k pure gold bar. new. never opened...

High Bid: $222.50
Bids: 13
Time Left:
3d 2h 34m


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

High Bid: $219.50
Bids: 26
Time Left:
1d 6h 56m