A junk dealer in Turkey returned 100 gold coins he found hidden away in an old stove, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.
Asir Ozturk, 36, has been making a living by collecting and selling junk materials in Burdur for the last 20 years, according to the report.
Ozturk was given an old stove, oven and a refillable gas cylinder by a man named Ayhan Yaman.He found 100 gold coins, worth almost 30,000 Turkish liras ($7320.12), apparently forgotten by the owner inside the stove.
Ozturk returned the treasure to its owner without wasting any time.
“I wanted to return the gold coins without any hesitation. I immediately went to the person I took the stove from. The owner of the coins said: ‘I did not know what was in it’,” Ozturk said.
When he saw the coins Yaman realized that his father had been keeping his savings in the unused stove.
“We never make our living with ill-gotten money,” Ozturk said, “but I was really surprised when I first saw the coins,” he told Anadolu.