Lost hard drive leads to £4m Bitcoin treasure hunt

Written by Edward Chester

November 27, 2013 // 3:16 p.m.

Tags: #7500 #bitcoin #hard-drive #south-wales #treasure-hunt

A hard drive containing £4.1million worth of Bitcoins is buried somewhere beneath feet of mud at a recycling plant in Wales, it has been revealed.

The drive was discarded by its original owner some months ago, along with the Dell laptop it came from. He had collected the Bitcoins when the virtual currency was worth very little and they were easy to mine. Now each Bitcoin is worth over £600, making his 7,500 Bitcoins worth in excess of £4million.

The story of the missing fortune first came to light when a user called Sue-dough-nim posted on Reddit describing how a friend had told him about the loss while chatting on an IRC (internet relay chat) channel.

After the original post, Sue-dough-nim posted an update telling how the original owner had gone to the recycling centre to ask about retrieving the drive.

"He went to the "recycling centre" and they showed him around. The hard drive, if it was there, would be buried under around 4 feet of mud and waste, in an area the size of a soccer field. The cost of closing the centre, hiring diggers, and searching for it would be too high, and then the chances of finding it are still not excellent."

"Also usually only police are allowed to search the site for evidence and such. But, under the circumstances, a deal can probably be made with the council." he added.

For those that fancy giving it a go, the Centre is in Newport, South Wales at co-ordinates 51° 33.858', -2° 59.863'.

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