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Tank Collector Finds $2.4 Million Worth of Gold Hidden in His Latest Purchase

The real-life Type 69 had a little surprise stashed in its fuel compartment.

When UK-based tank collector Nick Mead purchased a real-life Chinese Type 69 tank off of eBay, he likely expected it would have a few distinguishing traits, especially since it had previously been used by the Iraqi Army. Although, he probably didn’t expect to find $2.4 million in gold bars hidden in the vehicle’s fuel compartment.

While inspecting his new purchase, Mead and his mechanic Todd Chamberlain were already on high alert as they’d found some leftover ammunition within the tank shortly after their inspection had begun.

Their most surprising discovery, however, didn’t happen until they opened up the fuel compartment and extracted five bars of gold, each of which weighed about 12 pounds. Mead contacted the local authorities so that he could turn the gold over to them and it was later revealed that the estimated value of the five bars was $2.4 million U.S.

Sources speculate that the gold originated from Kuwait since Iraqi combat forces partook in widescale looting after it invaded Kuwait in 1990. As for the Type 69 tank, Mead will likely fix it up and use it as part of his Tanks A lot company which provides tanks and other armored vehicles for films and events (Mead is the founder and owner of the company).    

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Nate Hohl

Nate Hohl got his start in the video games journalism industry shortly after graduating college and since then he has come to find enjoyment in critiquing various forms of media (games, movies, books, etc.) and seeing how they affect our ever-developing idea of culture. If you'd like to contact him, you can do so via his email address, nate.hohl@greenlitcontent.com, or his admittedly oft-neglected Twitter account @NateHohl.