Restoration of Old Army Tank Turns Up $2.5 Million in Gold

Unfortunately Nick may not be able to keep his treasure, although he still seems pretty pleased with his 'beautiful tank, ' which he has added to his collection of 150 military vehicles on his farm.

When he opened one of the T54/69's diesel fuel tanks, Mead and his mechanic Todd Chamberlain discovered five 12-pound gold bars reportedly valued at about £2 million, according to The International Business Times. "You're expecting guns... but find five huge gold bars weighing about 5 kilos a piece", he wrote.

Mead, however, is hoping he and Chamberlain will get to keep the loot.

Todd, 50, said a quick calculation suggested they were worth in excess of £2million.

A United Kingdom man expected to find old military weapons inside the historic battle tank he had just purchased, but he unsuspectingly stumbled upon a fortune. It is technically a T69 - an imitation of the T54 in all but name.

He traded a military lorry and an old self-propelled gun for the T54/69 on eBay in a deal worth roughly $37,000 (£30,000).

Mead said the gold, which may have been stolen by the Iraqi Army during the invasion of Kuwait and forgotten inside the tank, was turned over to police.

Police took the gold and gave Mr Mead a receipt, which he's stored in his safety deposit box.

The 1999 film Three Kings, starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, depicts a band of USA soldiers chasing stolen Kuwaiti gold around Iraq in the aftermath of the Gulf War. "You can't exactly take five gold bullion bars down to Cash Converters without questions being asked, so we called the police", Nick Mead told The Sun.

The publicity surrounding the find has already led to one dubious claim to the riches being made over the telephone telephone.

Nick, 55, said: 'I'd like to think we'd get whatever comes off from it.

  • Joanne Flowers