Winning is anyone’s dream, but giving up before even trying is failing yourself.
But wait. There is a relatively simpler way to win a fortune that no money or power can ever pay you: find a lost treasure. In fact, there are numerous hidden treasures and they were lost by the planet. If your luck and patience are in hand, you may even end up going to some.
Ready? Let’s go for top 15 lost treasure stories in our special edition for explorers.
15 Lake Toplitz Treasure – Austria
The mystery of Lake Toplitz in the Austrian Alps, still remains undisclosed, and will be, for another 99 years at least. The Austrian Institution of Forest Protection, Bundesforste, prohibited explorers (from 1945) who tried to find the lost treasure in the lake of S.S. According to historical records, in fact, at dawn of a day in April 1945, a Nazi expedition sank in the lake hundreds of wooden crates full of diamonds and possibly gold bullion stolen from the Jewish families during the period of racial laws.
The coffers also would find dozens of stolen works of art from countries all over Europe and numerous dossiers with plans and secret documents of the Third Reich.
The Lake is an enigma that inspires historians, novelists and treasure hunters. The water has been deemed insidious and unusual: twenty meters down there is more oxygen or animal life while darkness hides a tangle of branches, plants and fallen trees where some divers have lost their lives, remaining trapped.
These expeditions, in addition to being dangerous, are also undermining the ecosystem of the lake. Animals, disturbed by human presence, are turning away from their burrows and nests and the entire nature reserve is depleting.
14 The Golden Owl – France
In 1993, a person with the pseudonym of Max Valentin, supposedly buried a gold owl in France. A price of 1 million francs was set for anyone who found such an owl. And for this he gave 11 tips. No matter how experienced, the hunters couldn’t find anything. In 2009 Valentin died and with him the secret of the owl, but the hunt is still He stated that the owl does exist, buried deep. Valentin himself confirmed that one hunter was very close to finding it, when he saw an excavation near the correct place.
13 $63 Million Hidden In Bedford County – Virginia
Popularly known as Beale ciphers or Beale Papers, it is a set of three cipher texts whose solution would supposedly indicate the location of a large treasure buried in the county of Bedford, Virginia, composed of gold, silver And jewellery. Of the three texts, it has been possible to decipher the second of them that gives information on the content of the treasure; the first on its location and the third on the name of the owners remain a mystery.
The story began in the early nineteenth century when a group of 30 adventurers led by Thomas J. Beale from Virginia, who were hunting for buffalo, ran into a rich mine filled with gold and silver. Located in the mine probably north of Santa Fe, Colorado, the group of men spent 18 months digging the mine to extract all the gold, silver and precious metals they could.
Beale was in charge of transporting the entire treasure back to Virginia where he was to be buried in a safe place, near Montvale, in the same county of Bedford. After doing so, he wrote three encrypted messages: the first with the location of the treasure; the second with a description of its content; and the third with the names of the owners and their families.
Beale placed the three encrypted texts in an iron box which he handed to a trusted person, innkeeper Robert Morris of the city of Lynchburg, telling him not to open the box unless he or one of his men did not return from his journey in the next ten years. A few months later, Morris received a letter from Beale from St. Louis promising him that a friend would send him the cryptogram key, but he never came.
De Beale and his men were never known again, and 23 years later, in 1845, Morris finally opened the box. The innkeeper found several pages of encrypted text separated as Papers 1, 2 and 3. He never managed to decipher their content and before he died he handed the box of papers to a friend.
This man however had more luck, although his name is unknown since there are no records of him, he spent 20 years trying to decipher the cryptograms of “Beale Papers” and managed to finally solve the second of them, which gave Information about the buried treasure.
12 Lost Dutchman Gold Mine – Arizona
The Superstition Mountains of Arizona constitute the center of the legend of the mysterious and inhospitable mine. The story of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine is a real fact with all the ingredients of a good movie from the West: gold, greed, Indians and murders. A fortune awaits those who dare to challenge and sometimes turns fatal.
The gold seekers used to leave a map with the location of the deposits, and these lost mines constituted the centre of the treasure legends. This story about American Gold begins with a conqueror, Antonio de Espeja, a mining engineer who travelled north to Mexico in 1582 and discovered silver ore in Arizona. It is commonly accepted that the Jesuits were the first to exploit it, as they had done elsewhere, until the Apaches were murdered.
In the middle of the nineteenth century, the family of one Enrico Peralta discovered gold in a certain place in the Superstition Mountains, about thirty miles east of Phoenix. The exploitation lasted several years, until they came into conflict with the local Apache tribes. One day, in 1864, the Indians ambushed the Peralta gold-laden convoy, and after three days of violent fighting, destroyed it.
A few years later, a survivor of the Peralta family, Don Miguel, was rescued from a fight in Sonora by two German emigrants, Jacob Waltz and Jacob Weiser. Impressed by his great ability, Don Miguel told them the story of the mine and offered to share it if they accompanied him to the Apache territory to recover the gold he had hidden. They accepted, and in 1871 returned from the expedition with a sum of sixty thousand dollars. Peralta was left with 50 percent and surely retired to enjoy it.
Waltz and Weiser squandered the 25 per cent that had corresponded to each one and in 1879 they undertook a new trip. Apparently they found two Mexicans working the place and killed them without the slightest scruple. One day Waltz was not at the camp, Weiser disappeared. The Apache arrows and the bloody robes were evidence of the fate he had run. Waltz left the mountains immediately, but the truth is that Weiser was saved and a doctor healed the wounds. It was this doctor who told the story of the lost Dutchman’s mine just before he died.
11 The Amber Room – Germany
The discovery of a Nazi train, filled with gold and jewels, in the Polish city of Walbrzych aroused mass assumptions. British writer and journalist Tom Bower said that the train could contain the imposing Amber room. The construction dates back to the 1700s. When Frederick I became the first King of Prussia, his wife Sofia Carlota of Hannover decided to show the Greatness of her husband by raising a special room in the Charlottenburg Palace, located in Berlin.
After six years, a unique architectural work was built: 55 square meters of gigantic amber plates, gold sheets and hundreds of precious stones. However, in 1716, King Frederick William II of Prussia sought to strengthen the bond with his ally Tsar Peter the Great and gave him the Amber Room.
10 The Tomb of Quin Shi Huang – China
In 1974, the Chinese government’s search for water to improve supplies in the Xi’an region, resulted in a farmer finding the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. The discovery was of a hidden tomb of the emperor Qin, unifier of China, spread over 2.12 km². In addition, the burial site contained 400 tombs, and more than 8,000 terracotta figures.
Although the discovery of the tomb of Qin Shi Huang took place so many decades ago, no one knows what the Emperor’s resting chamber contains because no one entered there. In December 2012, archaeologists found ten lost buildings around the tomb and suspected that they hide deadly traps.
The history of this tombstone began when a great deal of mercury was found on the tracks leading to the imperial tomb which, it is supposed, was strategically placed in those ways to poison tomb robbers.
This led to extreme caution and underground volumetric studies that revealed numerous dangerous ambushes, such as arrows that fire alone, triggered by automation mechanisms.
9 The Copper Scrolls – 64 Unknown Places
The Copper manuscript is one of the Dead Sea manuscripts found in Khirbet Qumran. In its time, it was written in metal: copper mixed with 1% of tin. Currently kept in the Museum of Archeology in Amman, Jordan, this treasure is described as worth billions of dollars.
The manuscript was found in 1952 in the cave 3 of Qumran. Since the copper makes it difficult to manipulate the manuscripts, it was then cut in several parts to be better studied.
Regardless of the existence of the treasure, all the scholars confirm that it was written before the Christian era.
8 Mosby’s Treasure – Virginia
John Singleton Mosby, a colonel of the Army of the Confederate States of America, sacked the Union headquarters headed by Edwin Stoughton, in 1863. It carried a monumental lost treasure of relics from the wealthiest families of Virginia.
Mosby feared that fortune would fall into enemy hands and decided to deliver the booty to a trusted sergeant with the strict order to hide him as best he could. Since then treasure has not been found.
If you visit Virginia and dig up a little, maybe luck can be at your side. However, if you do not find the hidden treasure, there are many other treasures in Virginia, such as spectacular gastronomy (the epicentre of Southern cuisine), neoclassical colonial architecture or Shenandoah National Park, among thousands of places to visit.
7 Leon Trabuco’s Gold
The Great Depression plagued the world in the 1930s and caused the gold price to rise exorbitantly. A Mexican millionaire named Leon Trabuco came up with an idea of secretly heaping gold in the desert of New Mexico, and planned to sell everything when the price reached a peak, thus gaining a colossal fortune. The problem arose with the fact that that the Gold Law attested the private ownership of gold as illegal. The millionaire was eventually arrested and it is believed that he accumulated about 16 tons of gold, but the secret of its location unknown.
6 The Flor Do Mar
The Flor Do Mar or the flower of the sea, was an authentic Portuguese galleon from the year 1511.
The island of Malacca became an important trade point and also an important naval power in the sixteenth century. Afonso de Albuquerque was the Portuguese governor of Goa in India. He departed from there in 1511 to subdue the island of Malacca in Malaysia, aiming to expand the Lusitanian influence in the East.
After a fierce struggle he managed to subdue the city of Malacca and sack the riches. Portuguese ruled Malacca for 130 years, losing its dominance in the face of the expansion of a new maritime power, the Netherlands.
The sad saga of the Flower of the Sea began when Afonso decided to come to India with the treasure.
A part of the loot was distributed among four ships including the Flower of the Sea. It is speculated that the lost treasure of Flor Do Mar was shipped with gold-plated biscuits, a table with feet of gold, the queen’s throne inlaid with precious stones, four lion sculptures, tombs of ancient kings of Malacca, made in gold and embedded with precious stones in the eyes, tongue, teeth and claws.
5 Victorio Peak Treasure – New Mexico
Located in the Hebrillo Basin, to the south of New Mexico, is the Victorio Peak Treasure. The name Victorio came up as it was one of the secret hiding places of the great leader of the Band of the ChihenneChiri, later known as the Apaches. With only 150 meters of height, this rocky outcropping is surrounded by a vast desert of scrub known as the Day of the Dead. Many died because of the attacks of the Indians and others of the terrible desert.
The great chief Victorio stored immense wealth plundered from the Spaniards. Tons of gold bullion was illegally taken from the caves. The beneficiaries were the thirty-sixth president of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson, people related to the Army, Central Intelligence Agency, (CIA), and others.
4 Part Of Flor Do Mar Treasure – Java Sea
The Portuguese pride – “Flower of the Sea” was a part of one of the greatest Portuguese navies. Built in 1502, it had Vasco da Gama’s brother Paulo da Gama as Captain. It was involved in the transport of goods, gold, silver and some naval battles.
To get an idea, this cargo is still the most sought after in the world. The wrecked ship is considered to be the most important and most valuable seabed, mainly because of historical relics. The good news is that the treasure remained intact all these years. The bad news is that two underwater rescue companies have found the said one with special drones. They claim that the ship is in the Java Sea, near the town of Semarang in Indonesia. The great news is that no one has yet moved to see if the wreckage is really from the Portuguese ship and that Malaysia will probably never spend money to recover the treasure.
The bad news is that the governor of Malacca has demanded that if it would recovered, the treasure should return to his place of origin. The curious thing is that in Malacca there is a replica of the ship that is a maritime museum of the city.
3 The Gold Of The Old West
The gold fever in the 1800s moved to North America. Richness multiplied while few found only golden nuggets. Some even advanced towards Central America trying to find the perfect golden vein, but no one knew that fortune might be right under their noses.
If reports are to be believed, Captain Custer was fighting a hard battle with the Indians, but losing ugly. Captain Marsh went up the Bighorn River to bring supplies to the battle against the Indians when he learned of Captain Custer’s fiasco.
The problem was that he had taken gold from miners who were dying to be attacked by the Sioux tribe. It was a wonder how to accommodate bodies and more bodies in a small steam boat filled with gold. Certainly so much weight would make the boat sink. Then Captain Marsh buried the $ 375,000 in bars of sheer gold on the shore of the river and left with the soldiers. There are those who say that the gold was recovered later, but there are no records of this.
2 Dutch Schultz’s Stash – New York
Dutch Schultz was a name synonymous with the typical gangster of the 1930s. Smuggling products, gambling, murdering people, you just name it. When the federal got his tail, Dutch decided to take precautions. It is said that he took all of his fortune (estimated at $ 5 million) and buried it in an iron box in the Catskill Mountains in Nova York. In 1935 he ended up being killed and took the secret from the hiding place of his treasure to the grave. No other penny of his fortune was found after that.
1 Treasure Of Pirate Knights Templar
During the Crusades in 1114, the Pirate Knights Templar appeared. A primary function they had was to ensure that Christians made safe pilgrimages from Europe to Jerusalem. This thing eventually turned the other way and the Knights Templar soon became distorted. After a couple of years and hard days, they gained a considerable fortune and a dirty history. King Philip IV had them arrested and tortured to death. A few escaped with the treasures to Scotland, Nova Scotia, and Canada.
The treasure was never found, but there is a famous legend about Oak Island, of a well of money that is supposedly buried under the ground. It is believed that the most secretive treasures of the Knights Templar are kept there. A different version also surfaces, saying that the treasure was used to finance the independence of the United States.