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Stumbling across hidden treasure might sound like a fantasy saved for video games, old movies and storybooks, however there are millions of dollars worth of lost treasure just waiting to be discovered all over the world. That’s right – lost treasure does exist, and for those willing to adventure to find it, the world is full of ‘treasure chests, tombs full of bling, and random pockets of riches here and there just waiting to be picked up!
Think about it – pirates hid them all the time, ship wrecks and sea caves hold endless amounts of wealth under the sea, and riches were frequently buried in tombs with their owners. Between the recent discovery of Viking Gold in Denmark, and the discovery of a 300 year old sunken treasure ship worth billions, real life can be just as exciting as any of the Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones films.
In a recent collaboration with ACS, we contributed to a post which examined seven famous treasures that were either lost or stolen, and listed their supposed locations. They’re all still out there somewhere – all you have to do is search for them!
Legendary Lost Treasures That are Still Waiting to be Found
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The Lost Treasure of the Beale Ciphers
Estimated value: $66 million USD (today’s value)
Number of years lost: 194
More than a century ago, an American called Thomas J. Beale and his buddy published instructions to a real life treasure hunt. They found a huge amount of gold and silver from mining in the Rocky Mountains and buried it as a life insurance policy for their families.
The problem is, the clues are so intricate that nobody has been able to locate the site where Beale and his companion hid their loot.
The Spanish Treasure Fleet
Estimated value: $100 million USD (today’s value)
Number of years lost: 301
Florida divers seem to be constantly finding Spanish gold, and there are probably more treasure hunters based here than in any other place in the world.
Known as the Treasure Coast, if you ever visit Vero Beach and spot a cluster of shimmering dots on the shoreline, don’t be too quick to dismiss them as sunlight hitting the water. You can find a lot more here than sand dollars and shells!!
Historically, fleets loaded with treasure would often traverse the seas between Spain and America, and on July 1715, twelve ships carrying silver, gold, and gemstones got caught in a fierce hurricane and sank. Precious relics lost that day continue to wash onto Florida shores. $175 million of the treasure has been found to date.
The Gold Train of Walbrzych
Estimated value: Over $1 million USD (today’s value)
Number of years lost: 70
Of all the castles to visit in Poland, there is one in particular which is shrouded in more mystery than the rest. The majestic 13th century Ksiaz castle in Walbrzych, Lower Silesia, is rumored to contain underground tunnels that hide a train laden with Nazi gold from the Second World War. It has become known as the gold train of Walbrzych.
Rumors about a train laden with 300 tons of gold, works of art, jewels and even parts of the Amber Chamber of Saint Petersburg (see below) started to circulate in the 1970’s. It was said to be hidden in an underground shaft close to the castle.
The Amber Room – The Lost “Eighth Wonder of the World”
Estimated value: Between $142 million and $500 million USD (today’s value)
Number of years lost: 71
“This is a legacy of a treasure that was once a gift, but lost to the fate and gluttony of war.”
In 1716, Prussian King Frederick William gifted the Russian Czar, Peter the Great, with a room whose walls were crafted from amber. Think glistening panels, mirrors, gold leaf and jewelled mosaics – these wall panels were beautiful and elaborate, and many considered them to be the eighth wonder of the world.
In 1941, Nazi soldiers looted the room and shipped the panels to Germany. By the end of the Second World War the panels had disappeared completely. Some believe that the amber wall panels were destroyed in the bombings of Königsberg Castle, yet others believe that the panels were transported elsewhere prior to the destruction and remain hidden in boxes somewhere in the city of Kaliningard.
The Tomb of Qin Shi Huang
Estimated value: Unknown
Number of years lost: over 3000
Quin Shi Huang was the The first Emperor of China, and as the most revered leader in Chinese history, he was entombed in a vast underground city, surrounded by thousands of life-sized terracotta soldiers, and buried with his endless riches by his side.
The compound was discovered in 1974, though only three-chambers within the structure have been excavated thus far. This is a slow process for a number of reasons; namely that technology is not advanced enough to dig that deep without causing damage. Though also due to the legends that the underground tomb is surrounded by poisonous rivers of mercury, and archaeologists are being careful to not poison the underground streams in the area.
It’s unlikely that pick axes will reach the central section of the mausoleum where the emperor lays buried, so his treasures may remain hidden for some time.
King John’s Lost Treasure
Estimated value: $70 million USD (today’s value)
Number of years lost: 800
On the 9th of October 1216, King John ‘the Bad’ was traveling through an area of England aptly named The Wash. Today this is believed to be the area surrounding the Village of Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire, though at the time it was a huge expanse of marshes and dangerous mud flats.
King John been particularly fond of collecting (stealing) jewellery and gold plate, and was accompanied on this journey by his treasure carts. They were said to have carrying the crown jewels, gold coin to pay John’s soldiers, silver and gold plate, holy relics and the sword of Tristram, one of the Arthurian knights.
The convoy was trapped by the tide and drowned – the treasure carts said to have been sucked into the quicksand of the Walsh, and have never been found.
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