Top 25: Lost treasures still waiting to be discovered
Have you ever wondered what lost treasures are still languishing in the darkness and waiting to be discovered? It turns out that there are many more stories of legendary treasures that no one has found yet. Throughout history, people have more than once hidden their untold riches, or had their fortunes stolen from them. Rumor has it that they were gold bullion, jewelry, gems, and more, all of which could fetch billions of dollars today. Our world is a big place, so finding such treasures is a challenge, but there is always hope. Ahead of you is a list of the 25 most legendary treasures that no one has yet discovered.
25. Oak Island Money Mine Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
Oak Island is located in Nova Scotia, Canada and it is rumored that the abandoned mine was first discovered by a 16-year old boy back in 1795. Previously, pirates often sailed into this area, and legend has it that this was the island where they hid their loot. For several hundred years, however, the pirate-hunters’ attempts to find the loot had never been successful. Why did people ever think there was hidden treasure in the old mine? It turns out that in the 19th century, at a depth of 27 meters under the ground was found stone, atypical for Nova Scotia, and it was even able to consider a very intriguing inscription, which stated that “at a depth of 40 feet under this stone buried 2 million pounds. How not to dig here?
24. Dutchman’s forgotten gold mine Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
In the southwestern United States in the Superstition Mountains is a mine allegedly dug by German immigrant Jacob Waltz, who claimed to have discovered huge reserves of gold there as well. As you have already realized, the secret of the location of this mine the German took with him to his grave. Each year 8000 adventurers try to find this mine, but so far no one has had any luck. Moreover, some of the treasure hunters even died in the process. All for gold and glory.
23. Beale’s cryptograms
Photo: supposedly Historicair
Legend has it that an American named Thomas J. Beale and 30 other adventurers found a mine full of gold, silver and other treasures near Santa Fe. They took the treasure and moved it somewhere else, but where exactly is still a mystery. However, Bale created 3 separate cryptograms in which he encrypted the names of his comrades, a description of the treasure, and its coordinates. The main snag is that no one has been able to break this cipher yet. The text of these cryptic letters was even published so that at least someone could unravel it, but in the end most treasure hunters have questioned not only the existence of the treasure, but also the reality of Bale’s personality.
22. Menorah from the Second Temple of Jerusalem Photo: Steerpike
After Nebuchadnezzar II destroyed the First Temple built by King Solomon in 586 BC, Jerusalem remained without a new temple until 513 BC. Unfortunately, the Second Temple was also destroyed, but by the Romans in 70 AD. Only the western wall of the legendary building was left intact. Hebrews are convinced that as a trophy the Romans stole a huge gold menorah (ritual candlestick with 7 candles) from this temple. No one else has seen it since…
21. Treasures of Lima Photo: Augi Garcia
It is rumored to be the largest and most expensive lost treasure in the history of mankind, and no one in the world knows where to look for this incredible treasure, although it is buried somewhere on the uninhabited island of Isla del Coco. Tens of tons of gold, silver, jewelry and even a two-meter statue of the Virgin Mary with a baby made of gold have disappeared into thin air, but no treasure hunter has ever found this cache. Famous pirates, such as Benito of the Bloody Sword, and even U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt himself, have sailed to Cocos Island more than once, but in vain.
20. Golden Owl Photo: Tim Green / Bradford
This legendary statuette was buried somewhere in France on April 24, 1993. French writer Régis Hauser, often published under the pseudonym Max Valentin, has developed a quest to find the Golden Owl, and to help treasure hunters in his book, he left 11 clues. Each of the clues is a riddle, represented in the book by its own title, text, and illustration. According to Valentine’s preliminary estimates, it should have taken his readers from 8 to 14 months to find the figurine, but to this day no one has been able to find the coveted treasure. The winner of this treasure-hunting game will receive a prize of 1 million francs, but so far even such serious motivation has not helped anyone.
19 The Imperial Seal of China Photo: Deadkid dk
Since 221 B.C., the Imperial Seal of Kings, carved from He Shi Bi jade stone, was passed from one emperor to another, even when it was the turn of a new dynasty, because it was a sacred tradition. It was so until about 907-960 A.D., when the legendary disk was supposedly lost. No one knows exactly where the Imperial Seal of China has gone, and many have even decided that it never existed at all. However, there are still treasure hunters who continue to search for the legendary relic.
18. The lost regalia of England Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
After signing the Magna Carta, the hated King John the Sovereign went on the run to save his life. In 1216, while attempting to cross the Nene tidal river, John Sovereign’s wagon, carrying his wealth, was washed away by a torrent of muddy water and along with it the ancient royal regalia of Great Britain was lost. Since then treasure hunters have tried many times to find the lost treasure, but so far no one has succeeded.
17. Nazi gold Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
World War II ended with the defeat of the Third Reich, and Hitler’s defeated allies tried their best to hide the looted wealth, including by flooding it into a mountain lake in southeastern Austria. It is said that gold and other valuables worth a total of 45 billion dollars are buried at the bottom of Lake Toplitz. For many years treasure hunters have tried to find the sunken trophies of the Nazis, but quite often such attempts have ended in death.
16. The Florentine diamond Photo: Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons
About 500 years ago a unique diamond was found in a mine in India and after being cut, it became a yellow diamond weighing 137.27 carats with 126 facets. The diamond was passed from one wealthy ruler to another until it finally came into the hands of the Austrian royal family. After the First World War, the deposed imperial family was exiled to Switzerland, where the legendary stone was presumably sent as well. Since then, no one has seen this diamond, and there are lots of theories about its fate. Only one thing is certain; the one who finds the Florentine will become a fabulously rich man.
15. Confederate gold Photo: Pixabay.com
In April 1865, Union troops marched into the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, scaring off President Jefferson Davis and his followers who were there. According to the Northerners, the Southern president was fleeing, but when Union soldiers apprehended Davis, they found only a few dollars on him. The Confederate president and his henchmen were very wealthy men, and the Northerners were simply convinced that their adversaries had hidden millions of dollars worth of gold from them. But where did that treasure go? No one really knows, but there are many films and books devoted to the search for this treasure.
14. The Gold of Leon Trabuco (Leon Trabuco) Photo: Thomas Shahan
During the Great Depression, the wealthy Mexican businessman Leon Trabuco and his 4 partners tried to smuggle about 16 tons of gold out of the country. Afraid of being caught and imprisoned, the smugglers buried their treasure somewhere in the New Mexico desert. Trabuco and his allies realized it was too risky to sell this gold, so they never dug it back up. Within 5 years, 3 of Leon’s 4 partners died and he himself took the location of the cache with him to his grave. The search for the treasure hasn’t stopped since.
13. Patiala Necklace (Patiala) Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
In 1928 Cartier craftsmen created a masterpiece necklace, decorated with 2,930 diamonds, including one of the largest diamonds in the world, the De Beers. The necklace was made for the Maharaja of Patiala, India, but in 1948 it was stolen directly from the royal treasury. It is said that in later years parts of it have turned up at auctions and jewelry stores around the world, but most of the unique diamonds remain undiscovered.
12. The Treasures of Dutch Schultz Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
During Prohibition, a famous New York gangster named Dutch Schultz made a fortune from his scams, but it could not last forever, and one day Thomas Dewey, a prosecutor, came after him. It is said that Schultz was so much afraid of losing all his money that he buried about $7 million somewhere in the Catskill Mountains. No one knows the exact location of this stash, because the gangster took the secret with him to his grave. The search for the legendary treasure continues to this day.
11. The Seven Missing Faberge Eggs Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
Between 1885 and 1916, Peter Carl Faberge crafted 50 Imperial Easter Eggs especially for the Russian imperial family, including Nicholas II. Of all these eggs, eight pieces disappeared without a trace. However, in 2014, the Third Imperial Egg was discovered at a simple flea market, and yet its value was estimated at as much as $33 million! Next time you go to a flea market, be more careful, and your friend will be fabulously lucky…
10. The treasure of Lake Guatavita (Guatavita) Photo: Masanalv
The locals believe that this lake is located in the territory of the legendary city of Eldorado. The ancient tradition of the Muisca (South American people) regularly performed rituals here to wash gold dust off the skin of the ruler of the Indians, and as worship of their gods, this civilization also dumped gold jewelry and other valuables into the lake. A few gold artifacts were indeed later found in Guatavit, but no more.
9. Treasures of the Battle of Little Bighorn Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
Most Americans are familiar with the story of the Battle of Little Bighorn, also sometimes called George Custer’s last stand, because the general was reckless enough to move a small cavalry regiment against several thousand Indians. Little is known, however, that there are two great treasures associated with this battle. Custer’s men had with them an impressive bag of gold and money, and after their loss, the Native Americans buried the valuables in a secret place. Chief Two Moons of Cheyenne drew a map showing the location of the treasure, but it was lost, and the treasure of Custer’s company was never found. The second treasure is associated with Captain Grant Marsh, who was running a riverboat on the Bighorn River. In an effort to save his men, the captain was forced to dump a cargo into the water, among which were also gold bars worth 350 thousand dollars. Presumably this treasure is still hiding somewhere at the bottom of the river.
8. Forrest Fenn’s treasure Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
The former Vietnam War pilot, art dealer, collector and self-taught archaeologist, millionaire Forrest Fenn at age 87 has hidden a huge treasure somewhere in the Rocky Mountain Preserve. The key to unlocking where the veteran’s treasure is hidden is a poem written by Fenn himself. According to his assertion, the treasure will surely go to the one who can correctly use all the clues from the old man’s poem.
7. Cahuenga Mountain Pass Treasure Photo: Downtowngal
This pass is in California, and it’s rumored to have untold riches buried there somewhere. The catch? The treasure is said to be cursed because many treasure hunters have died under mysterious circumstances. In addition, no one still knows exactly where to look for this hiding place.
6. Dead Sea Qumran manuscripts and the treasure of the Copper Scroll Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
The discovery of the Qumran scrolls is in itself almost the largest archaeological discovery in all of modern history. As the cherry on the cake, archaeologists also discovered a treasure map among them. This manuscript has been called the Copper Scroll, and it lists 64 different places where incredible treasures can be found. Supposedly all together, these treasures could be worth nearly a billion dollars, if the descriptions in the ancient artifact are to be believed. The problem is that only a very narrow circle of people who understand the very specific instructions of the author of the manuscript could understand what is written in the Copper List. Moreover, there is a theory that the Romans discovered the treasures centuries ago, but this theory for some reason does not stop modern treasure hunters from hoping that they will find the Qumran treasure.
5. The Secret Tomb of Emperor Nguyen Zuê Tông Photo: Nowic
During his reign, he has amassed an impressive amount of treasures. The emperor had no heirs, so he ordered the construction of a huge mausoleum. It took from 1864 to 1867 to build, but when he finished, he was so scared that the tomb with his body and treasures would be robbed that he had a secret tomb built for it. The Emperor had 200 servants beheaded after his death so that they would not be able to betray the location of the tomb, which was full of gold and other treasures. The treasury of Nguyen Quoc Tong has still not been found.
4. Royal Box Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
The royal box once belonged to Polish rulers. The box was made in 1800 and its purpose was to hold 72 relics of the royal family. During World War II, the box was stolen by the Nazis, and no one has heard of it since.
3. The treasure of Mount Victorio (Victorio) Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
In 1937, a man named Doc Noss from White Sands, New Mexico, in the area of Victorio Peak found a large cache of gold and silver suspected to be worth almost $1.7 billion. In those years, ordinary citizens were not legally allowed to own gold, so Noss was unable to take advantage of the treasure, and instead of selling the treasure, he re-hid the bullion all over the area. It is said that the man became very estranged from family and friends in an attempt to protect the treasure he found. However, he later got a partner named Charlie Ryan with whom Noss tried to sell the gold on the black market. However, Noss’ paranoia still prevented this venture, for he thought his partner would betray him, and so the bars were re-hidden. It turned out that Doc was right about Ryan, as he ended up shooting him. Where the murdered man hid the gold is still unknown.
2. The Amber Room Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
It’s hard to believe, but an entire room is missing! That’s exactly what happened after the Nazis invaded St. Petersburg and dismantled this legendary cabinet literally in pieces. Originally this amazing room was a gift from King Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia to Peter the Great as a sign of reconciliation. Soldiers of the Third Reich packed the entire contents of the cabinet in 36 hours and sent the trophies to an unknown destination. Among the versions about the whereabouts of the amber panels and other works of art from this room, the most popular theory is that the collection was destroyed in a bombing raid, although there is also the theory that it is still in someone’s hiding place.
1. The treasure of the gunsmith Masamune Photo: Christoph Waghubinger
This Japanese sword, cast by the legendary armourer Masamune, is regarded as the most famous artifact in Japanese history and is regarded as a national treasure. Unfortunately, the sword disappeared after World War II. According to one version, the ancient weapon was transferred abroad into the hands of the anti-Hitler coalition after Japan’s defeat. Where this Japanese relic is hidden today is still unknown.