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Nothing is ever so thrilling as the stories of lost treasures and the hidden riches of the world that are on the borders of the legendary. Sunken galleons, plundered gold, and thrilling museum heists have long been the object of fascination for many people, often giving rise to popular urban legends.

But we all know that there is plenty of truth hiding behind these urban myths – and once we dig deeper, plenty of questions start to pop up. Today we are bringing you 10 thrilling stories of the world’s greatest treasures – that have never been found.

The turbulent waves of history have swept these riches under the rug, brought them to the ocean’s bottom, or hidden them from the sight of the world – but how? How does something so precious disappear completely?

Is it greed? Conspiracy? Secrecy? As always, Ancient Origins is here to explore the world’s biggest secrets – and in our latest stories of lost treasures there are plenty of them.

Yamashita’s Gold – The Hoard From a Conquering War

War and plunder go hand in hand. They are two sides of the same coin. And World War II was no exception to that rule. In the Pacific front, the most powerful of the Asian belligerents – the Empire of Japan – conducted some organized and top secret plunder of its conquered opponents.

From all of the Asian countries they occupied, and there were more than 10 of them, the officials under the orders of Emperor Hirohito and his brother Prince Chichibu, looted vast amounts of gold bullion, treasures, gems, and various other riches. This was their attempt to secure funding for either the ongoing war or the future after it.

Some of this gold managed to reach Japan, while most of it only went as far as the Philippines – due to the U.S blockades during the war. And so it was, that in the closing stages of World War II, several of Japan’s princes, and their finest general, Tomoyuki Yamashita , oversaw a frantic attempt to hide these treasures in the hills and underground tunnels of the islands of the Philippines, with claims that there were around 175 hidden vaults created.

Tomoyuki Yamashita was the Japanese general who hid the plundered treasure – dubbed Yamashita’s Gold. (Meeepmep / )

It is also said that the engineers who led the constructions committed suicide inside them – the so-called seppuku – to preserve secrecy. While these treasures are considered lost, many sources claim that they were in fact partially recovered by the U.S. forces at the end of the war, and that the vast amounts of money were used to fund many of the secret American operations of the Cold War. But either way, we’ll probably never know what sort of treasures lie beneath the hills of the distant Philippines.

Mussolini’s Sword of Islam

One of the more interesting stories is connected to a famous item from the overtures of the Second World War. The famous Il Duce, Benito Mussolini, was increasingly shifting his gaze to North Africa and Libya. This was a strategic location in the Mediterranean theatre for many key reasons. And in order to successfully gain the love and acceptance of the local population, after the creation of Italian Libya in 1934, Mussolini chose a slightly controversial approach – he ingratiated himself with the Muslim populace.

He encouraged Islam, restored mosques and religious schools, and had eventually proclaimed himself to be the Protector of Islam (Protettore dell’Islam) in 1937. This ‘campaign’ to fully ingratiate himself in Libya was crowned with an elaborate ceremony in the desert.

Here, greeted by the leader of the Berbers, Yusuf Kerisch, Mussolini was given the official title as Protector of Islam, and an elaborate, rich sword that was called the Sword of Islam . The sword was exquisitely decorated in an arabesque style with plenty of solid gold finishing. The interesting part is that the sword was commissioned by Mussolini himself, and was manufactured by the Picchiani e Barlacchi firm from Florence, Italy. Its cost was 200,000 Italian liras.

The Sword of Islam, missing treasure, given to Benito Mussolini in 1937. (RiccardoP1983)

After the ceremony this sword was kept displayed in Mussolini’s summerhouse – Rocca delle Caminate. It was there until 25th July of 1943, when the summerhouse – an actual fortress – was stormed by communist anti-fascists and thoroughly plundered. From that day on, the whereabouts of this rich masterly sword are unknown. Where now lies the Spada dell’Islam?

Oak Island Mysteries and the Lost Treasure of Captain Kidd

Oak Island is a tiny, privately own island that lies off the coast of Nova Scotia in Canada. It would be seemingly unremarkable, if it weren’t for the countless urban legends related to it. The stories of Oak Island are all centered on a buried treasure , with the first stories of possible findings dating to 1799.

In that year, a farmer claimed to have discovered a location in the ground, which he connected to the story of the famous ‘pirate’ captain William Kidd. It was said that Kidd buried some 2 million pounds on Oak Island . The farmer and his associates did discover curious remains as they dug – every 10 feet (3 meters) they would stumble upon oak platforms.

Illustration of William "Captain" Kidd overseeing a treasure burial. (Rotatebot / )

After reaching the depth of 30 feet (9 meters), the men apparently abandoned their dig. The exact location of this pit is unknown today. In the following decades, the partial ownership of the island went from hand to hand, and many people and companies attempted to excavate the treasure.

Countless pits were dug, bores used, schemes devised, and theories proposed – alas no treasure was (apparently) discovered. Many claims were put forward – the treasure was deposited by the Templars, the French or the British, by the Vikings, the Copts, or Masons.

One interesting fact is that in the early 1900’s, it was a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was involved in digs at Oak Island, before he’d become the 32nd President of the United States. A coincidence? Mysteries remain aplenty on Oak Island.

The Maltese Falcon, Chinese style: The Peking Man

A peculiar mystery, still unraveled to this day, relates to the remains of the so-called Homo erectus pekinensis, a 500,000 year old set of fossil cranial remains of early man. A revolutionary discovery for that time, the remains offered a fresh insight into the history of archaic man.

But the mystery begins with the onset of World War II, when in 1941, these fossils were confiscated by U.S. forces, with the intention to ship them to New York’s Museum of Natural History. But, from that moment on, all trace of the fossils are gone.

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Missing fossil treasure - Peking Man skull fragments. (Ryan Somma / CC BY-SA 2.0 )

Some claim that the ship was sunk in route, or that it was in fact the Japanese oceanic liner Awa Maru that transported the cargo and was subsequently torpedoed. Some even claim that the bones were ground up for use in Chinese medicine . A curious thing occurred in 1972, when a reward of $5,000 was offered for the remains.

A woman got in touch, wanting a sum of $500,000. She promptly vanished. Still, whether the disappearance was intentional or not, the curious tale of the Peking Man remains unresolved – a lost natural treasure that was never found.

The Vanishing Chamber: The Amber Room

It seems that it’s war that creates mysteries. And World War II certainly did create many. And in war, even entire rooms can vanish without a trace.

Yes, this lost treasure is, in fact, a room. Created by skilled German artisans in early 18th century Prussia, the Amber Room was a royal chamber, made from amber panels and thoroughly decorated with gold leaf. The chamber was then made a gift in 1716, from the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm – to his ally Tsar Peter the Great.

The Russians too called it the Amber Room - Янтарная комната – and had it installed in the summer residence of the tsar, at Catherine Palace near Sankt Petersburg. After the National Socialists invaded Russia in the Second World War, the Army Group North, under the command of Wilhelm Ritter Von Leeb, eventually focused on removing the precious treasures from the town.

The Amber Room, lost treasure, in the Catherine Palace, 1917. (Andrey Korzun / )

Under expert supervision, the Germans dismantled the chamber in just 36 hours and transported it to Königsberg (today Kaliningrad). It remained there until 1945, but after that date, it vanished.

It was never found again. Whether the Allies, who fire-bombed Königsberg, pulverized this art piece into oblivion, or the National Socialists hid it somewhere, remains a mystery.

The Polish Royal Casket

When soldiers are faced with a great treasure, in the field of battle, the temptation for looting becomes far too great. Such is the story of the Szkatuła Królewska, the Polish Royal Casket. This reliquary was created in 1800, by a prominent Polish noblewoman Izabela Czartoryska, and was made to house the 73 priceless relics of the Polish royalty through the ages.

After its creation it was housed in the royal museum at the Temple of the Sybil, and later on in Krakow. When the Second World War came to Poland, the Royal Casket was transported to the town of Sieniawa, into the Czartorsky Family Museum, where it was hidden. Sadly, when the German Wehrmach soldiers entered the grounds in 1939, an ethnic German worker at the museum betrayed the location of the goods, and they were promptly looted by the soldiers and shared between them.

The Szkatuła Królewska, the Polish Royal Casket, housed a treasure of priceless Polish relics. (Polaco77~commonswiki)

Some of the items contained in this precious repository were the gold watch of King Stanisław I Leszczyński, a precious gold-and-red jasper cross of King Sigismund I of Poland, a gold watch of Queen Marie Casimire Louise de La Grange d'Arquien, a solid silver rosary of Queen Maria Karolina Zofia Felicja Leszczyńska, and many other priceless relics of Polish history. Where they are now is a mystery.

The Maharaja’s Splurge - Patiala Necklace

Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh, the ruler of the princely state of Patiala, commissioned a necklace made for himself by the renowned Cartier from France. This necklace was made in Paris in 1928 and was a mind-numbingly rich and luxurious display of wealth for the maharaja. This piece of jewelry contained a whopping 2,930 diamonds and many precious Burmese rubies.

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Bhupinder Singh of Patiala in 1911, wearing the Patiala necklace, mind-numbingly treasure. (Jbarta / )

It’s crowning piece was the “De Beers” at the time the seventh largest diamond on the planet – weighing 234 carats. Mr. Bhupinder died in 1938, and quite unsurprisingly, the luxury necklace disappeared soon after in 1948.

Nothing was known of its whereabouts, until the “De Beers” diamond reappeared at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva. Some parts of the necklace were also discovered in 1998 at a second hand jewelry shop in London. But the rest of the diamonds, including the rubies, remain one of the mysterious lost treasures.

Jewish Menorah from the Second Temple

One of the more ancient mysteries dates back to the 2nd century AD, and it is centered around a luxury Jewish menorah that was housed in the Second Temple in Jerusalem. After the Roman conquest of Jerusalem in 70 AD, this precious item was carried, as a trophy, back to Rome, where it was displayed in the Temple of Peace (Forum of Vespasian).

After this the fate of the menorah remains unknown. Some sources claim that the treasure was plundered by the Vandals after the Sack of Rome in 455 AD, who could have carried it to Carthage. Either way, this lost ancient treasure remains one of the unsolved mysteries, veiled in the centuries that passed.

The Righteous Judges Gone Missing

Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece is a masterpiece of European art, located in the Cathedral of St. Bavo in Ghent. It measures 11 x 15 feet (3.4 x 4.6 meters) and was created in 1432. But did you know that it is missing one of the original panels?

The 12 interior panels of the Ghent Altarpiece, art treasure. (Zen3500 / )

The Righteous Judges, the title of the lower left panel, is the painting that was stolen from the cathedral in 1934. One of the mysterious thefts, it remains unresolved. The thief removed the panel in the night, leaving a mysterious note in its place: “Taken from Germany by the Treaty of Versaile”.

This refers to the fact that the whole altarpiece was taken by Germany in the First World War. In days following the theft, the thief exchanged a few letters with the law, but never reached an agreement.

That same year, one Arsène Goedertier, on his deathbed, claimed that he was the thief and that the panel “rests in a place where neither I, nor anybody else, can take it away without arousing the attention of the public”. This precious art-piece was never recovered, and to this day, there remains a police detective in Ghent assigned to the case of the missing panel.

Tucker’s Cross – Now You See It…

In 1955, a marine explorer and treasure hunter, Teddy Tucker, stumbled upon a gold cross in his searches in Bermuda. Clueless at first, Tucker would later learn that the 22 carat solid gold cross with emeralds was the single most valuable object ever recovered from a shipwreck, and that it was possibly the remains of the Spanish galleon San Pedro which sunk in 1594. He would also discover many, many other valuables at the same site.

The gold cross was housed in the Aquarium Museum in Bermuda. But in 1975, it was discovered that the cross was stolen. Tucker entered the museum and noticed that the thief carefully replaced the item in the display case with a poorly made plastic replica. In a Bond-esque turn of events, this extremely valuable item vanished without a trace. It was never again found.

Buried By Time and Dust

And thus, ends our little tale of the world’s greatest lost treasures. And once such items become lost, they quickly take a sharp turn in to the realm of mysteries. Vanished without a trace? Or expertly hushed up? We’ll never know.

But it is certain that the history of art and treasure is full of intrigue and greedy hands. From war looting, to legendary treasures, to James Bond-styled grand thefts – there’s a bit of everything in the stories of these spectacular treasures that have never been found.

Clues for where the treasures were buried are provided in a puzzle book named The Secret produced by Byron Preiss and first published by Bantam in 1982. [1] The book was authored by Sean Kelly and Ted Mann and illustrated by John Jude Palencar, John Pierard, and Overton Loyd JoEllen Trilling, Ben Asen, and Alex Jay also contributed to the book. [2] A Japanese version was published in 1983, and the English version was re-issued in 2014. [1] The book contains 12 images and 12 verses an image must be linked to a verse, with the information they contain used to locate a buried "treasure casque". [3]

The Secret book variants
Year ISBN Language Format Publisher
1982 ISBN 0-553-01408-0 English Paperback Bantam
Hardcover [1]
1983 0276-831122-7339 Japanese Paperback Futami-shobo
2014 978-1-59687-444-2 English Hardcover ibooks.com
978-1-59687-401-5 Paperback

Three of the treasure boxes have been recovered. [4] [5] The first was found in Chicago, Illinois the second in Cleveland, Ohio and the most recent treasure box was found in Boston, Massachusetts. [5] The remaining nine treasure boxes have not yet been recovered. [4] The Boston treasure box's recovery was filmed for Discovery Channel's television show Expedition Unknown and aired on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. [6] [7]

10 The Florentine Diamond

The stunning light-yellow Florentine Diamond was once part of the Crown Jewels of Austria and the pride of the Medici Family. Its worth in modern times has been estimated to be around $20 million, even though it was once sold for a mere 2 francs by a soldier who took it off the lifeless body of Charles the Bold in 1477.

The diamond has nine sharply-cut sides, originated in India and is said to have been cut by Flemish jeweller Lodewyk van Bercken. After the diamond was sold for glass by the aforementioned soldier, it passed through many hands before it ended up being displayed in Vienna as part of the Austrian Crown Jewels.

The stone was stolen in October 1918 along with Queen Elizabeth&rsquos diamond crown, rings, necklaces and more valuable gems. The trail of the Florentine diamond ended in 1919 after a lawyer, Bruno Steiner, who was entrusted to keep the stone safe disappeared with it. When Steiner was eventually tracked down in 1923, he denied having the diamond saying that Charles I of Austria had sold it to regain the throne. He died in 1930 without the diamond ever having been found.

Rumors abounded that the diamond had been smuggled into South America, while yet more rumors had it that the gem had been re-cut or even cut into smaller diamonds and sold on the international diamond market. These days, there is no telling where the diamond could be, but the search is still on in the USA for a hopeful few who are chasing the dream of being the discoverer of this rare diamond.

Hoard of golden treasure stumbled upon by metal detectorist revealed to be most important Anglo-Saxon find in history

Britain’s most spectacular Anglo-Saxon treasures may well have been captured on a series of Dark Age battlefields – during bitter conflicts between rival English kingdoms.

Archaeologists, who have just completed a major study of the finds, now believe that they were captured in several big mid-seventh century battles.

It is likely that the treasures, now known as the Staffordshire Hoard, were seized (in perhaps between three and six substantial military encounters) by the English midlands kingdom of Mercia from the kingdoms of Northumbria, East Anglia and possibly Wessex.

The hoard – the greatest Anglo-Saxon golden treasure ever found – is one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made in Britain.

After 10 years of detailed research, archaeologists are to publish a complete account of the hundreds of high status gold and silver objects found by a metal detectorist a decade ago in a field in southeast Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good

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Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


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Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


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Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


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Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


Staffordshire hoard website/PA Wire

Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


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Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


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Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


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Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


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Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


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Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


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Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


Staffordshire hoard website/PA Wire

Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


Staffordshire hoard website/PA Wire

Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


Staffordshire Hoard website/ PA Wire

Staffordshire Hoard to stay in Britain for good


Staffordshire hoard website/PA Wire

The book – published by the world’s oldest historical organisation, the Society of Antiquaries of London – describes all of the hoard’s 700 objects (4kg of gold items and 1.7kg of silver ones).

Strikingly, they do not seem to reflect the wide range of gold and silver artefacts which would have existed in Anglo-Saxon society.

Instead, the study demonstrates that the material is almost exclusively military in nature. Even one of the small number of ecclesiastical objects in the hoard appears to have been of a potentially military character.

The hoard was made up of golden fittings from up to 150 swords, gold and garnet elements of a very high status seax (fighting knife), a spectacular gilded silver helmet, an impressive 30cm-long golden cross, a beautiful gold and garnet pectoral cross, a probable bishop’s headdress – and parts of what is likely to have been a portable battlefield shrine or reliquary.

The extraordinarily ornate bishop’s headdress is the world’s earliest surviving example of high status ecclesiastical headgear.

Dating from the mid-seventh century AD, its presence in an otherwise predominantly military hoard suggests that its ecclesiastical owner may well have been performing a supporting role on a battlefield.

Significantly, the headdress bears no resemblance to later medieval or modern bishops’ mitres – and is therefore likely to trigger debate among historians as to its stylistic origins because it looks so similar in basic design to headdresses believed by early medieval clerics to have been worn by biblical Jewish high priests and also resembles headdresses worn by pagan Roman priests.

The discovery may therefore prompt scholarly speculation that the style of headwear worn by senior Christian priests in the early medieval period could have been at least partly inspired by perceived biblical precedent – or may even have been inherited from the pagan Roman past.

The headdress – made of beautifully crafted gold, inlaid with garnets and white and dark red glass – dates from the period when Christianity was being re-established across many of the local kingdoms that would eventually become England.

It represents the status and prestige of the Church – but, significantly, it is decorated with typical pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon semi-abstract animal designs as well as seven Christian crosses.

If indeed the archaeologists are right in believing it to be potentially an early-to-mid-seventh century bishop’s headdress, it would have been worn, perhaps during royal or other ceremonial events, by the first or second generation of clergy involved in the re-Christianisation of what is now England.

The portable shrine – potentially presided over by the owner of the headdress or a similar senior cleric – was probably designed to be carried into battle on two horizontal poles (like a litter or later sedan chair) – in order to obtain God’s help in securing military victory.

Only seven elements of the shrine, all made of gold, have survived.

One element (probably part of a cross) bears a highly significant inscription – a quotation from the Book of Numbers. It reads “Rise up, L ORD , and let thine enemies be scattered and let them that hate thee flee before thee”.

Its biblical context is that of Moses uttering these words alongside the Ark of the Covenant accompanying the Israelites in their journey across the wilderness, threatened by hostile tribes. The nature of the inscription suggests that the precious shrine or reliquary (in Latin, arca) had probably been used as a war talisman in the long and bitter conflicts between warring kingdoms in early Anglo-Saxon England.

The ecclesiastical treasures and secular/military items appear to have been treated in a potentially disrespectful way before they were buried. They had been broken and/or folded and deliberately bent out of shape.

Back in the mid-seventh century, southeast Staffordshire (the area near Lichfield where the material was found) was controlled by a powerful pagan Anglo-Saxon king called Penda.

His geopolitical and military activity formed a major part of the bloodsoaked rivalry and conflict between his own kingdom (Mercia) and other, often Christian, kingdoms in other parts of England – especially in Northumbria and East Anglia.

Given the probable mid-seventh century date of the burial of the treasure, it is therefore possible that it was war booty captured by the pagan Mercian king, Penda, from armies led by Christians, such as the East Anglians.

One possible explanation is that the treasure was ritually buried as a Mercian pagan war trophy – perhaps even as a thanks offering to a pagan deity for delivering victory.

Putting Christian material into the ground in such a way may have been seen by Penda (or an equivalent figure) as a spiritual or ideological victory over Christianity to mirror a military one.

The 10-year investigation into the hoard has involved detailed scientific examination of the metalwork, exhaustive art historical assessment of the stylistic and iconographic aspects of the artefacts and research into the potential historical contexts of its burial.

However, now that the material has been fully published, there is likely to be an ongoing debate as to the most likely historical narrative or narratives that led to so much gold and silver being buried almost 1,400 years ago in a field in Staffordshire.

Scholars would love to know who originally owned the bishop’s headdress, the portable battlefield shrine and the golden helmet. But sadly the reality is that it may never be possible to definitively solve those particular mysteries.

However, there are potential candidates for the sort of individuals who may have been their original owners.

At around the time that the headdress was made, East Anglia was being Christianised, by the area’s first bishop a French cleric called Felix. It is therefore conceivable that the headdress was commissioned by him.

His successor as bishop was a man called Thomas, an East Anglian of possible Celtic British origin, and he would certainly be a candidate for the individual the Mercians actually captured the headdress from – because he died, potentially in battle, around the time that the East Anglian kingdom was defeated by Mercia.

The gilt silver helmet almost certainly belonged to an Anglo-Saxon royal figure.


“It potentially adorned the head of a king of East Anglia,” said one of the Staffordshire hoard book authors, archaeologist Chris Fern of the University of York.

“It is even more spectacular than the famous early seventh century helmet unearthed at the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, 80 years ago.

“Such helmets were the equivalents of royal crowns in Anglo-Saxon England,” said Mr Fern.

But perhaps one of the most fascinating questions raised by the Staffordshire Hoard is what inspired the strikingly unusual design of the probable bishop’s headdress. Was it biblical precedent – or ancient Roman priestly headgear? If the latter, it would suggest a potentially significant additional aspect of continuity between pagan Imperial Rome and early medieval Christianity.

One avenue of future research may well be linguistic rather than purely archaeological or historical.

Despite the fact that bishops are depicted bare-headed in Anglo-Saxon art, unpublished linguistic research by Anglo-Saxon clothing and textiles specialist Professor Gale Owen-Crocker suggests that early Anglo-Saxon bishops did indeed wear headgear known as a hufe.

Her research suggests that the Latin word for a bishop’s hufe was flammeolum or flammeum. Intriguingly, the pagan Roman priests, whose headgear may potentially have been the original inspiration for the type of bishop’s headdress in the Staffordshire Hoard, were known as the Flamines – and that suggests a potential and tantalising link.

The ecclesiastical material all appears to date from the second quarter of the seventh century – and to have been buried some time in the third quarter of that century.

The Christian and secular artefacts are being described in full for the first time in the newly-published book The Staffordshire Hoard: An Anglo-Saxon Treasure.

The treasure is on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent. Although it is conceivable that it was interred for pagan ritual purposes, it is also possible that it was buried for safekeeping – and that its owners never returned to retrieve it.

The research into the Staffordshire Hoard has been funded by Historic England.

Its chief executive, Duncan Wilson, said: “The range of fascinating objects discovered has given us an extraordinary insight into Saxon craftsmanship and culture and this new monograph gives in-depth detail of everything we know about this spectacular discovery.”

To supplement the newly published book, the public can now access a new online information and picture database about the Staffordshire Hoard.

8 8- Fortune of Jean LaFitte- $2 Million

French pirate Jean LaFitte made his living attacking merchant ships in the Gulf of Mexico and then selling the stolen goods at one of the numerous ports he owned. LaFitte’s accomplice was his brother Pierre, and the two were so good at stealing together they accumulated a huge amount of riches and jewels. As a result the brothers had to start burying it. Many mysteries revolve around the treasure of the LaFitte brothers. At one point they had over 50 ships under their command, so it’s accurate to assume the fortune is going to be large.

After the death of LaFitte around 1830, legends of his treasures started circulating. Allegations have been made that some of his treasure is buried in “Lake Borgne”, which is right off the coast of New Orleans. Another possible site is about three miles east of the “Old Spanish Trail” near the “Sabine River”.

Most People Don’t Know These 12 Treasures Are Hiding In Virginia

Perhaps the best known tale of treasure in the state is the legend of Beale’s Treasure. As the story goes, Thomas Jefferson Beale and a team of 30 men unexpectedly discovered a mother lode of gold and silver in Colorado. Sometime between 1819 and 1821, Beale buried the treasure in Bedford County at what is now the site of Johnson’s Orchard and Peaks of Otter Winery. After burying the treasure, estimated to be worth millions, Beale and his party set out on another expedition. Knowing their trip would be dangerous, Beale left three coded messages in a locked box with Robert Morriss of Lynchburg.

Beale promised to mail Morriss a key that he could use to decipher the codes should 10 years pass with no word from Beale or his men. The first code contained the treasure’s exact location, a second code described the contents and the third named the members of Beale’s 30-man party along with their next of kin. 10 years came and went and neither Beale nor the key ever arrived. To date, only the second cipher has been broken and the treasure’s whereabouts remain a mystery.

William Kirk was a Scottish immigrant believed to have been a pirate before settling near New Baltimore in Fauquier County in the late 1700s. He led a secluded life on his farm, now known as Snow Hill Farm. However, before his death in 1780, he is said to have buried a stash of nearly $60,000 in gold and silver coins somewhere on the farm’s 386-acres. He went to his grave telling no one, not even his wife, of the treasure’s location.

About a hundred years after his death, a tenant farmer on the land found a crock of English guineas and Spanish pieces of eight and a few weeks later, bought his own farm for $8,000 in cash, despite claiming that there had only been a few coins in the crock. The remainder of the treasure remains hidden to this day.

Known as the “Gray Ghost” for his lightning quick attacks and rapid disappearances, Colonel John S. Mosby led a troop of Confederate guerrilla fighters known as “Mosby’s Raiders” during the Civil War. On March 8, 1863, he led his men to Fairfax Courthouse where they captured Union General Edwin H. Stoughton. The raiders collected horses, about 60 prisoners and a speculated $350,000 in gold, silver, and family heirlooms that Union troops had taken from Southern homes.

Unable to safely transport both the treasure and the prisoners, he stopped between the towns of Culpeper and Norman, close to present day Route 522, and buried the treasure between 2 pine trees marked with an X. He later sent 7 trusted men, including Sgt. James F. Ames who had helped him bury the treasure, to recover the valuables, only to have the men captured and hung by Union troops. Mosby himself never returned for the treasure, so by all accounts, he took its whereabouts with him to the grave.

During the Civil War, just off of the present day Route 11 near Lynchburg, a Confederate General is said to have buried more than $4 million in gold coins and bullion with the help of slaves at the site of the McIntosh Farm.

Two stories have circulated about the treasure. One claims that the treasure was thrown into a well. The other story asserts that the fortune lies near a barn, buried beneath the bodies of the slaves who were killed in order to keep the treasure's location a secret.

For more than 150 years now, rumors of the "Lost Confederate Gold” have circulated through both academic and public circles. Countless historians and treasure hunters have dug through records looking for clues as to where the South’s lost treasure of gold and silver coins might be buried.

According to a report by the Danville News Advance, two men, Albert Atwell, of Ridgeway, and Ed “Bubba” Powers, from Louisburg, N.C., claim that a large tree in the Danville National Cemetery is, in fact, a “talking tree,” one of dozens of trees around the south that contains seemingly indecipherable numbers and lettering carved by Confederate soldiers. The marks are believed to be clues pointing to more than 58 maps that would reveal the sites where gold and silver, valued in the millions today, are buried.

Rumors have long persisted that Sir Francis Bacon, a British Elizabethan philosopher, scholar and patron of the arts, assembled a secret vault containing nothing short of the blueprints for a new world order and a few other “minor” odds and ends, such as several of Shakespeare’s original manuscripts (which Bacon followers claim were written by Bacon himself), an original translation of the King James Bible and a map of Rosicrucian vaults buried throughout Europe.

Bacon’s followers claim that Nathaniel Bacon, the colonial revolutionary and leader of Bacon’s Rebellion, buried the vault in 1676 near Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg. Despite beliefs that the two were related, genealogical records do not support the claim. Many believed that the whereabouts of this mysterious treasure were marked by secret messages, anagrams and codes found in Sir Francis Bacon’s writings. But despite active searching in 1938 and additional research by “Baconists” as recently as 2006, nothing has been uncovered. For now, the secrets of Bacon’s Crypt seem fated to fall into the abyss of historical myth and legend.

Built in the mid-18th century, Boswell’s Tavern was a popular meeting place for many significant Virginians such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Patrick Henry during the Revolutionary War. In 1781, the site was briefly home to French encampment under the Marquis de Lafayette, as well as the site where a handful of colonial soldiers were captured by British troops attempting to abduct Jefferson and end meetings on the Virginia legislature.

It is said that during this tumultuous time, treasure was buried somewhere on the property. While no evidence - or treasure - has been found to support this claim, a place with such an illustrious history seems perfectly suited to tales of intrigue and buried treasure. Today, the Tavern is on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a private residence. So no treasure hunting here, folks! You’ll just have to let the mystery lie.

Carter’s Grove Plantation was built in 1755 and today, the historic home serves as one of the best examples of Georgian architecture left in the nation. The manor home is set on a tract of land that had been settled by colonists in 1620 and was known as Martin’s Hundred. In the 1970s, Carter's Grove was the site of archaeological digs that led to the discovery of Wolstenholme Towne, a small settlement near Jamestown whose residents were murdered during the Indian Massacre of 1622.

Over the years, rumors have swirled around the property, asserting that during the Civil War, treasure was buried on the property. Given the plantation’s setting and the significance of the historical events that surround it, it’s easy to wonder if maybe the rumors are true.

Now, of course, legends are a messy mix-up of fact and fiction. They build on events or ideas that may be real, then they grow into a life of their own. So, tell us what you think. Have you heard of any of these fantic fortunes? Do you know of any others that should be added to the list? Please let us know in the comments below!

The Vikings arrived on the Isle of Man in the 800s as traders, before settling and eventually leaving a legacy that is still very evident today.

From the landscape with its castles, burial mounds and settlements through to the modern parliament, Tynwald, which has its roots in this period, the Vikings are still very much a part of the Manx identity.

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At Manx Museum, a Viking and Medieval Gallery tells the story of this influential Norse heritage via a collection of spectacular locally-found artefacts, and they have now been joined by a recently uncovered hoard of Viking Age treasures.

The find consists of a gold arm-ring, a massive silver brooch, at least one silver armband and other associated objects, which archaeologists say were buried around AD 950.

The “Kath Giles” Hoard gold arm-ring. Courtesy Manx National Heritage

Discovered on private land in late 2020 by a metal detectorist, the hoard was recently declared Treasure by the Isle of Man Coroner of Inquests, paving way for its acquisition by the Museum.

“I knew I had found something very special when I moved the soil away from one of the terminals of the brooch,” says the finder Kath Giles, “but then I found parts of the pin, the hoop and underneath, the gorgeous gold arm-ring. I knew straight away that it was a significant and exciting find. I’m so thrilled to have found artefacts that are not only so important, but so beautiful!”

Giles’ initial excitement was well-founded the gold arm-ring is made from three plaited rods of gold, both ends merging into a flat lozenge-shaped band that has been decorated all over with a stamped design of groups of three dots.

“The arm-ring is a rare find,” says Curator for Archaeology at Manx National Heritage, Allison Fox. “Gold items were not very common during the Viking Age. Silver was by far the more common metal for trading and displaying wealth. It has been estimated that gold was worth 10 times the value of silver and that this arm-ring could have been the equivalent of 900 silver coins”.

Earlier discoveries of Viking Age gold arm rings from the Island include one found with the Ballaquayle Hoard in Douglas in the 1890s, but that was a much simpler in design.

“the brooch would have been an immediate visual indicator of the wealth of the owner”

Three Viking Age gold finger rings have previously been discovered on the Isle of Man and one complete gold ingot, which experts say points to some gold-working being present on the Island during the Viking Age – not to mention some particularly wealthy individuals. The gold arm-ring reinforces these theories.

The silver brooch, which is one of the largest examples of its type ever discovered, is known as a “thistle brooch of ball type” and boats an impressive c.20cm diameter hoop and a pin measuring c.50cm long.

The brooch itself, although bent and broken, features intricate designs and is largely complete. It would have been worn at the shoulder to hold heavy clothing such as a cloak in place, with the point of the pin upwards.

As with the arm-ring, the brooch would have been an immediate visual indicator of the wealth of the owner and may not have been for everyday use. The type is thought to have originated in the Irish Sea area and may even have been made on the Isle of Man.

The treasure in its uncleaned state. Courtesy Manx National Heritage

The hoard also includes the remains of at least one decorated silver armband, which was cut in antiquity. Both whole and cut items of Viking Age gold and silver jewellery have previously been discovered on the Island. Most of these have been the result of deliberate deposition of “hoard” material, presumably buried during a time of threat, with the intention by the original owner to reclaim the artefacts at a later stage.

However, this particular type of arm-ring and brooch are the first to be found on the Island and add significantly to the picture of wealth circulating around the Irish Sea area in general over one thousand years ago.

“The arm-ring, brooch and cut armband are all high-status personal ornaments and represent a large amount of accumulated wealth,” adds Fox. “Finding just one of these items would be of significance. The fact that all were found together, associated with one single deposition event, suggests that whoever buried them was extremely wealthy and probably felt immediately and acutely threatened.

“Kath’s hoard can be dated on stylistic and comparative grounds to around AD 950, a time when the Isle of Man was right in the middle of an important trading and economic zone. But elsewhere to the east and west, Viking rule was coming to an end and perhaps this encouraged further Viking settlement on the Island. The Viking and Norse influence remained strong on the Island for a further three hundred years, long after much of the rest of the British Isles.”

The “Kath Giles” hoard has gone on display in the Viking and Medieval Gallery at the Manx Museum prior to valuation and further conservation work. The location of the finds site, which was documented to ensure there were no further objects remaining in the ground, will remain confidential.


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6. Japan's Underwater Ruins

Off the southern shore of Okinawa, Japan, under 20 to 100 feet of water lies enigmatic structures that may have been built by some ancient, lost civilization. Skeptics say the large, tiered formations are probably natural in origin. "Then, in late summer of the following year," writes Frank Joseph in an article for Atlantis Rising, "another diver in Okinawa waters was shocked to see a massive arch or gateway of huge stone blocks beautifully fitted together in the manner of prehistoric masonry found among the Inca cities on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, in the Andes Mountains of South America." This seems to confirm that these are manmade ruins.

The architecture includes what appear to be paved streets and crossroads, large altar-like formations, staircases leading to broad plazas and processional ways surmounted by pairs of towering features resembling pylons. If it is a sunken city, it is huge. It's been suggested that it might be the lost civilization of Mu or Lemuria.


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VOC mystery treasure on the island of Onrust was invited so many people curious. as people said, the number of these treasures can pay off all debts Indonesia.
Onrust Island is located in Jakarta Bay. 3 hours from Muara Karang using motor boats, this place is the Dutch era that most busy places, where the entry of the ship after the colonizing of 2 other cities in Indonesia. Mythical treasure on the island of Onrust VOC's peculiarity stems from history, how an institution as large and powerful trade VOC suddenly broke suddenly.

In 1820, in Lima (Peru's capital) was a war of revolution. As a precaution, the government decided to move the city of Lima city property TSB to Mexico, just to be safe. Batu2 TSB possessions include precious gems, and two pieces of wax tempat2 statue of Mary holding Jesus being human-sized. Overall, the property is valued at U $ 60 million they will be divided into 11 ships and commanded by Captain William Thompson, who menahkodai ship Mary Dear. But unfortunately the government of Lima morbidly know that William Thompson is a former pirate true. Once the property has gone up into the ship, he immediately killed orang2 Peruvian who maintain they will treasure and threw his body into the sea.
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7. The Ark of The Covenant (Ark of the Covenant), Jerusalem

Ark of the covenant in the Bible is a container made of gold that reads "10 Commandments" but it is said he sticks Prophet Musa also be inside the box.
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6. Pharaohs' Missing Treasure, Egypt

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Around eating TSB batu2 there are many gems and artefak2. So many, sampai2 Carter For takes 10 years to make its catalog.
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5. Montezumas Treasure, Mexico

The slaughter of the Aztecs in Mexico who conducted by Spanish orang2 concern in date July 1, 1520. Setlh kill the Emperor Montezuma, Hernando Cort?'s And his forces besieged by Aztec warriors who get angry, in the capital Tenochtitl? N. After fierce fighting for several days, Cort?'s Ordered his troops For collecting the most precious treasure of Montezuma and took it away. But not so much Mark fled, Aztec forces managed to catch and slaughter the Spanish forces in the lake Tezcuco. The rest of the troops who left immediately dispose of the spoils Mark then ran away. A year later Cort?'s Coming again with his army to take any back property seized that first failed Mk. But residents Tenochtitl? TSB n has hidden treasures, the stack allows for gold, gems and various precious stones TSB. was never found again until now. Until Now playing treasure seekers still busy looking for relics of the Aztecs Tenochtitl it around town? Now playing n which has renamed Mexico City.

4. King Solomons Treasure, Jerusalem
Sacred artifacts artifacts looted by the Romans from the Temple of Jerusalem and suspected hidden in kubah2 in Vatican, this artifact is considered as the greatest treasure the Bible as a silver trumpet that would indicate arrival of Messiah, trumpet, gold candles etc..
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3. Blackbeard's Treasure, caribbean island

Famous pirate, Blackbeard, aka the Black Beard, actually just wandered for two years (1716-1718). But during that time he is said to have collected a lot of booty. When Spain sdg busy looking for gold and silver in the area of ​​Mexico and South America, Blackbeard and his accomplice waited patiently and then merompak kapal2 that they will bring gold and silver. when Mark returned to Spain.

Ruthless pirate Blackbeard is known as a smart one to take advantage. Around the area of ​​operation is in the West Indies and the coast of Atlantis in North America, with its main headquarters in the Bahamas and North Carolina. History completed in November 1718, when British Lieutenant Robert Maynard managed to catch him and hang him. But his prize possessions was not discovered until Now playing.
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2. The Lost City - Atlantis (Coordinates: 31 15'15 .53 N 24 15'30 .53 W.)

Ocean Goggle connection technology of Google Earth has found that ordinary people can not find the Lost City of Atlantis. The town is located about 620 miles off the northwest coast of Africa, near the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the Greek philosopher, a very advanced city of Atlantis was an island about 9,000 years ago. Its territory covers an area of ​​Asia to Libya, with luxurious palaces, abundant gold and silver, and a place of his soil and climate the best in the World. But then, Plato wrote, Atlantis was defeated in war by other tribes. And the town was destroyed.

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The World's Greatest Lost Treasures, Still Waiting To Be Found

These days, thanks largely to Google Earth, it seems not an inch of this planet is left unexplored or a single treasure left undiscovered. But that’s just not true. Some of the world’s most incredible riches, from pirate treasures to royal jewels, are still out there somewhere, lost, waiting to be found.

Some of them are legendary and a mere mention spurs the imagination: the Holy Grail, sought after for centuries by devout men hoping to find the cup that once held the blood of Christ. Or El Dorado, the mythical Incan city paved with gold and unimaginable treasure that drove waves of conquistadores mad with greed.

Today still, the art of treasure hunting survives, and few treasures are more appealing than shipwrecks. Probably the largest treasure among them is La Flor de la Mar — The Flower of the Sea — a Portuguese frigate that set sail from Malacca, Malaysia, in 1511 carrying the largest treasure ever assembled in Portugal’s naval history. The ship was caught in a violent storm in the Strait of Malacca and shipwrecked on the reefs of Sumatra, splitting in two and spilling its precious contents into the waves.

Spain’s 1715 Treasure Fleet is also a dream trophy. At the height of its empire, Spain assembled one of the richest treasure fleets ever seen: 11 ships, all filled to the gunwales with silver, gold, pearls and emeralds from the New World. The ships left Cuba just before hurricane season in the hope of deterring pirates. It worked, but a few days later a storm sank all 11 ships, sending thousands of sailors and tons of treasure to the bottom of the sea. Seven of the ships have been located, but only a small percentage of the bounty has been recovered.

Another, more macabre, form of treasure hunting is the quest to discover the resting places of history’s greatest figures. The graves of Egyptian queen Nefertiti and the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan have never been found, though they are both believed to hold great riches. Another much-sought-after tomb is that of Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor. It’s actually been found — protected by the famed Terracotta Army — and is thought to contain priceless artifacts. But excavation is slow because the soil surrounding the burial area has a high concentration of toxic mercury that could poison the water supply if mishandled.

The Nefertiti bust is pictured during a press preview of the exhibition 'In The Light Of Amarna' at the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

When we think about long-forgotten treasure we imagine one thing: jewels. Take King John’s Crown Jewels. This corrupt ruler of England truly loved ostentatious displays of wealth. But in 1216, his majestic crown jewels were lost when a flood washed away carts transporting them. John died several days later, and the jewels were never found.

When the Bolsheviks stormed the czar’s palace in 1918, eight priceless Fabergé eggs — made with precious stones, expensive metals and precise engineering — went missing from a collection of 50. While they have never been found, rumor has it that several of them made it to the U.K. and the U.S.

The Faberge egg "The Coronation Egg", 1897, is displayed at an exhibition in the museum Bellerive in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Keystone, Alessandro Della Bella)

But many of the world’s most-sought-after treasures are much larger. This is the case of the legendary Amber Room, a room lined with panels of amber, gold and mirrors that was given to Peter the Great as a gift from Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716.

How could a room go missing? Well, in 1943 German soldiers dismantled the room after invading Russia, packed it into 27 crates and shipped it to Kaliningrad. World War II Allied bombing raids are said to have destroyed it, though some evidence suggests that it was actually shipped out of the city in the following months and hidden along with other Nazi treasures.

More Nazi valuables could lie on the bottom of Lake Toplitz in the Austrian Alps. During a hasty retreat, Nazi officers dumped a handful of mysterious iron crates into the lake. So far the treasure has eluded divers trying to reach it because of a dense layer of sunken logs halfway to the bottom of the lake.

Of course, many treasure hunts are based on rumor and hearsay. And as the years go by, and facts mix with legends, it becomes hard to tell truth from tale. Yet recent examples show there’s still hope for the aspiring Indiana Jones.

In June 2011, billions of dollars worth of gold and priceless jewels were discovered beneath the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India. And this year, the discovery of a 19th-century shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina uncovered millions of dollars worth of gold coins and ingots.

Granted, searching for Nefertiti’s tomb might not be a reliable retirement plan, unless you don’t need the money anyway and are just in it for the fun.

A June 27, 2011 photograph of the 16th-century Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum, the capital of the southern state of Kerala, India. (AP Photo)

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