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Top 10 Lost Treasures in the World

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These treasures remain unfound but not unwanted. From the Oak Island Money Pit, to the Missing Kruger Millions, to the Treasure of the Copper Scroll, these hidden treasures have attracted people from all over the world. WatchMojo counts down ten lost treasures in the world.

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Script written by Garrett Alden



Top 10 Lost Treasures in the World


These treasures remain unfound but not unwanted. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Lost Treasures in the World.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the most valuable and/or famous caches of treasure that remain hidden or else that have been lost to the world. We won’t be including treasures or locations that most agree are fictional, like the sunken Atlantis.


#10: The Oak Island Money Pit (~1500-1700)

Located on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Oak Island Money Pit is a mysterious pit of loose soil that is among the most excavated treasure sites in the world, (and has obsessed even famous people like U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt). Various plagues, stones and markers in the location have given strong hints about possible buried treasure. Over the years, the stories of what the supposed treasure actually is have varied wildly, ranging from a pirate hoard belonging to Captain Kidd or Blackbeard to Shakespearean folios to royal jewels. Whatever its contents, the Money Pit remains an enduring and enticing mystery.


#9: The Missing Kruger Millions (1890s-1900)

The Boers were the South African descendants of Dutch settlers. When they fought the British in the second Anglo-Boer War and realized they would lose the war and be overrun, it reportedly prompted Boer leaders to gather as much gold (and diamonds) as they could. Supposedly, the last president of Boer-era South Africa, Paul Kruger, hid this treasure well in South Africa before fleeing the country. In today’s currency, the value of the gold is estimated at around . . . half a billion dollars. While parts of the gold may have been found over the years, the total truth of those claims has not been verified and the treasure remains unaccounted for.



#8: The Treasure of the Copper Scroll (~100 BC)

The oldest treasure on our list, the Copper Scroll is one of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls and is completely unique compared to the rest, as it is essentially a treasure map. Recorded on it are dozens of sites where gold and silver were hidden by the crafters of the scroll, who are thought to be members of an early Jewish temple or military group. The directions are written in such a way that they assume that any readers would be familiar with the locations described; considering the fact that the locales are over 2000 years out of date, this makes finding the treasures borderline impossible.



#7: The Victorio Peak Treasure (1937)

In the state of New Mexico in the 1930s, a man named Doc Noss claimed to have found a huge cache of gold bars or rods in the mountains of Victorio Peak while hiking (the claim has never been proven). After removing some treasure, Noss later returned to the cave where he had found them and tried to use dynamite to widen the narrow entrance. Predictably, Noss’ efforts only served to seal up the cave. Since then, many have tried to rediscover the treasure, including the US army during the 1950s nuclear tests. However, the gold’s location, as well as its origins, remains a buried secret to this day.


#6: Forrest Fenn's Million-Dollar Buried Treasure (~2010)

Forrest Fenn is a controversial art and antiquities dealer. After being diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s, Fenn decided to bury roughly a million dollars worth of treasure in a chest somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. He survived his cancer, but later buried the treasure anyway. Fenn has put out an enigmatic poem containing hints about where the treasure can be found. According to Fenn, when the growing value of the chest’s contents reaches 10 million dollars, he will unearth it. Nevertheless, the story and riddle map have inspired many to search for it, and several people have even died in their pursuit of Fenn’s treasure.



#5: The Lost Fabergé Eggs (1917-29)

The world-famous Fabergé Eggs are a group of exquisite ornaments shaped like eggs and made from items like gold, glass and enamel, often encrusted with jewels. The majority of them were made for the Russian Royal Family, although a few others were made for select individuals. When the Russian Revolution toppled the monarchy in Russia, some of the eggs were stored securely, while some were later sold or lost. Currently, 7 of the Fabergé Eggs are unaccounted for, but there is still hope that they may be found – after all, there have been several finds in recent years.



#4: The Amber Room (1943)

Considered one of the wonders of the world by some, the Amber Room was an elegant room constructed of gold, jewels, and, as its name implies, amber paneling. First built for a palace in Prussia, the room was later moved to Russia, but was taken by Germany during the Second World War. In the chaos surrounding the end of the war, the Amber Room was lost. Most signs point to it being somewhere in central Europe, and its value is estimated to be around 200 million dollars. . . at least. While only time will tell if the room can be found again, a recreation was recently unveiled in Russia, made from comparable materials.



#3: The Lufthansa Heist (1978)

Made particularly famous in pop culture in the great Martin Scorsese movie “Goodfellas,” the Lufthansa Heist is believed to be the largest cash robbery in American history. Cash and jewels worth over 21 million dollars in today’s currency were stolen from a Lufthansa cargo building at JFK airport in 1978. Despite being one of the most thoroughly-investigated crimes in the United States, none of the stolen money or jewels has ever been recovered. Why has this been the case? Well, perhaps due to the heist’s architect, gangster Jimmy Burke, making most brutally certain that there were no information leaks.



#2: The Treasure of the Flor de la Mar (1511)

The Flor de la Mar was a Portuguese warship that was wrecked off the coast of Sumatra. According to historical accounts, the vessel was laden with the largest treasure ever collected by that nation’s navy, composed of valuables taken from Malacca, (what is now Malaysia) as well as tribute from the King of Siam (what is now Thailand). The total value is estimated to exceed 2.5 billion dollars, making it one of the greatest unfound sunken treasures in the world (along with Spain’s famous Lost 1715 Treasure Fleet).



#1: The Treasure of the Knights Templar (1307)

The Knights Templar was a Christian military order that accrued a huge amount of wealth, in part due to using a primitive kind of banking. In addition, the order was supposedly entrusted with many legendary religious relics, such as the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant. When the Knights Templar fell out of favor, they were demonized and much of their assets were seized. However, much of their treasure remains lost and while it’s hard to say where it is or how much it’s worth, it could easily be in the billions; or if they truly had holy objects – priceless.

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