16 wild Bitcoin tales of rags to riches (and vice versa)

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#2 Bitcoin Buried Treasure

Image Credit: James Howells Bitcoin
Credit: The Independent

James Howells is an IT worker from Great Britain who started mining Bitcoin all the way back in 2009 and managed to accumulate 7500 before storing them all on a hard drive – today those Bitcoin are worth over $120 million. Pretty sweet for James Howells, right? Well, it would be, if the hard drive wasn’t buried under thousands of tonnes of landfill. James mistakenly threw away the hard drive in 2013 and once he realized his mistake, he contacted the local council, to see if there’s any way he could get it back, but due to the potential environmental hazards of digging up that much old waste, the council have so far declined his requests.