'Blew his mind': Boy's ocean find sells for almost $1000

Nadine Carroll
·2-min read

A seven-year-old boy who found a $5 note floating in the ocean has sold it online for a massive profit.

Zayne Hinton spotted the old NZ$5 note floating near Sumner Beach in Christchurch and proudly showed his parents, who thought it might be worth seeing how much the vintage bank note is worth now.

Zayne’s father decided to put the note up for auction on the website Trade Me to see if it caught anyone’s eye.

“I thought if he got $10 for it then good on him,” Brad Hinton told Stuff.co.nz.

Zayne Hinton holding the $5 note he found at the beach
Zayne Hinton spotted the $5 note floating at the beach and sold it online for $1000. Source: Stuff

But by Thursday night, the bank note had attracted a bid of NZ$530 (A$490).

A fierce bidding war soon began between members, with the winning bid being NZ$1000 (A$930).

“As soon as he found out what it was it blew his mind,’’ Zayne’s mum Philippa Hinton said.

“He thought he had the power to buy whatever he wanted. He loves motorbikes, so he thought he would be able to get a two-stroke motorbike and the mansion to go with it.”

New Zealand boy Zayne Hinton holds up the $5 note he found at the beach and sold online for over $1000
Zayne Hinton with his beach treasure (left) that ended up selling online for over $1000 (right). Source: Trade Me

Zayne is still brainstorming what to do with his money and hasn’t settled on just one idea.

“He said he was going to take us all to tea and buy all the pets a toy - he suggested McDonald’s,” Ms Hinton told Stuff.

But the lucky boy’s parents said he still might get that motorbike “if his behaviour is good”.

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