Yes, Hidden Treasure Is Real And Here's Where It Could Be
I want a cut when you find it.
Now, before I tell you what I know about where hidden treasure is, I'd like to go ahead and share with you some people who have already found hidden treasure because, yeah, it's out there.
A couple found $10 million in gold walking their dog.
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While walking their dog on their property, a couple noticed a can sticking out of the ground. They dug it up and found that it contained gold coins from the Civil War era. They ended up finding multiple cans filled with gold for an estimated
value of $10 million.
A man found an original copy of the Declaration of Independence hidden behind a $4 painting at a flea market.
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He bought it because he liked the frame, but after the purchaser detached the painting, he noticed a sheet of paper that turned out to be a Dunlap broadside, one of the 500
original copies of the Declaration of Independence. Only 23 other copies are known to exist. The document fetched him a cool 2.42 million dollars at auction.
An English man lost his hammer and found over 15,000 coins, rings, and jewelry in 1992.
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It's now known as the Hoxne Hoard, and it was
found in a field by a man who had lost his hammer. The objects were recovered by archaeologists and dated back to around 450 CE. The treasures spanned multiple rulers and included everything from bracelets to a pepper pot. The finders took home $1.75 million for the find.
In 2009, an English man found over $3.2 million in buried treasure.
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Terry Herbert stumbled across treasure, now called the Staffordshire Hoard, with his 18-year-old metal detector. Aside from gold and silver, the hoard had loads of war equipment including helmets, knives, and sword handles. The treasure dates back to the 6th or 7th century.
Between four and 17 billion dollars worth of treasure was found sunken off the coast of Colombia.
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The Spanish galleon
San Jose was a ship set to transport riches from Peru (such as gold, silver, and emeralds) to Spain to finance the War of Spanish Succession. The ship couldn't outrun English pursuit, and, after a bloody battle, it sank to the ocean floor. Spain, the United States, and Colombia have all staked a claim in the find.
Speaking of sunken treasure, treasure hunter Mel Fisher discovered $450 million of sunken loot off of the coast of the Florida Keys.
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Nuestra Senora de Atocha was sunk by a hurricane near the Straits of Florida in 1622. It was found in 1985 by famous treasure hunter Mel Fisher. In it were 32 tons of silver, 3,000 emeralds as big as 77 carats, and a whole heap of gold. Fisher received 5% of the Atocha Motherlode: $20 million.
And a German student found a valuable painting hidden in a thrift store pullout couch.
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The couch cost the student $215, but her discovery went to auction and fetched $27,630. The artist for the oil painting is unknown, but is said to have been close to Italian artist Carlo Saraceni. It was created sometime in the early 1600s, and it's known as "Preparation to Escape to Egypt".
If you're like me, you just read all seven of these finds and you've already bought a metal detector. So here are seven more treasures that people think are still out there waiting for you to find:
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The Treasure of Forrest Fenn
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Forrest Fenn was a pilot-turned-antiques-dealer. He spent a lot of time traveling the world and collecting artifacts. When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decided to
hide a chest of gold and artifacts somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. He has given clues to the location of the chest with a poem in his memoir: "Begin it where warm waters halt / and take it in the canyon down / not far, but too far to walk / put in below the home of Brown." It is believed that nobody has found the treasure yet, but Fenn has said someone's gotten within 200 feet.
The Treasure of Lima
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Captain William Thompson, along with his ship,
The Mary Dear, was tasked with the responsibility of keeping Spanish treasure safe during revolts in 1820. He got greedy, killed the Spanish guards, and buried the treasure. His crew was executed, but he was spared and expected to give away the treasure's location. Thompson said it was buried on Cocos Island near modern-day Costa Rica. When Thompson landed on Cocos Island, instead of leading the Spanish to the missing treasure, he sprinted into the forest never to be seen again. Not much is known after that, but the treasure is estimated to be worth around $200 million.
The Amber Room
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Amber Room was originally a gift from Frederick William I to Peter the Great to cement a Russia-Prussia alliance. It was moved to Catherine Palace in 1755, and stayed there until 1941 when Nazi forces dismantled the entire room, packed it in 27 crates, and took it to Königsberg castle museum (modern-day Kaliningrad). During the end of the war in 1943, the museum's curator was advised to pack the room up and get it out of the museum. The museum was bombed the following year, destroying traces of the Amber Room. Some believe it's under the rubble in Kaliningrad, while others believe it was transported by boat and sunk at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
The Golden Owl
hid an owl sculpture somewhere in the French countryside. He released as to the whereabouts of the owl and he answered treasure hunters' questions about it until his death. The owl has been hidden for over nine thousand days. Its location is still unknown, but you can check out the clues on the owl's website, or this really 12 clues helpful Reddit post.
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Made by the famous jeweler Fabergé, the
eggs adorned in gold and precious stones were taken from the nobility they belonged to during the overthrow of the Russian tsar in 1916. Of the 50 eggs, eight were believed to be missing. One egg, found by a scrap metal dealer from the Midwestern United States in 2015, was valued at $33 million. The other seven are still lost, believed to be as far away from Russia as the U.S. or Great Britain.
The Lost City of Gold
looking for Paititi. The Vatican archives holds a record from 1600 by missionary Andres Lopez describing a city rich in gold east of the Andes. Nothing has been found, but some have a hunch that this square-shaped mountain, may be the location of the "hidden city of gold." If you're going to try to find the lost city though, be careful. The area has dense foliage, tarantula swarms, and heavy rainfall.
The Treasure of Dutch Schultz
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Dutch Schultz was a bootlegger in prohibition-era New York. Rumor has it that Schultz had his assistant, Lulu Rosenkrantz, hide a five million dollar fortune in the Catskill Mountains. On October 23, 1935, Schultz and his gang got sprayed with bullets, killing Rosenkrantz. Schultz was transported to a hospital, where he died the next day. His fortune is still rumored to be buried between two pine trees with an "X" carved in them near the banks of the Esopus river.
OK, there you go. There's your proof that you can find treasure, and my leads on where it may be. But no adventurer should go alone. Who are you going to search for treasure with? Tag them and plan your adventure in the comments below!
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