1. EL DORADO.
Meaning “Golden One” in Spanish, it was first heard of by the Spaniards in the 1500s who made their way across Central America till they reached Lake Guatavita where this legendary treasure supposedly originated from. It turned out El Dorado was apparently a sacred ritual performed by the native Muisca tribe’s leader who coated himself in gold and threw various gold items into the lake as a way to honor the Gods. This, in turn, led the Spanish to attempt to drain the lake in 1545, where they recovered some gold.
2. THE FLORENTINE DIAMOND.
Weighing 137.27 carats, this special diamond originally came from India according to Reader’s Digest winding up in the hands of the Medici family before ending up with the Imperial Family of Austria. But when the Imperial Family was forced into exile following the outbreak of WWI, they took the diamond to Switzerland with them and it was never seen again.
3. THE MAX VALENTIN OWL.
In the early 90s, a treasure-hunt book titled Sur la trace de la chouette d’or (or On The Trail Of The Golden Owl in English) was published by a man who went by the alias “Max Valentin”. He claimed to have hidden a golden owl statue in the French countryside and would give whoever found it one million Francs.
4. THE CONFEDERATE GOLD.
After the Civil War came to an end, there was millions of dollars’ worth of unaccounted gold. The cause of this has been speculated by many historians and treasure-hunters alike, though a few facts have cropped up.For instance, when the leader of the Confederacy was forced to flee Richmond, Virginia, in April 1865 he took two trains southward with one containing the entire treasury of the Confederate States.
5. THE AWA MARU TREASURE.
Towards the end of WWII, this ship became the center of a messy situation where America wanted to send supplies to their POW in Japan. But in exchange, they had to let Japanese ships pass through America’s naval defenses without bombing them. So they attempted to sneak out several things to turn the war in their favor including their smartest people historical artifacts and other valuables that are now worth 5-10 billion dollars in value.
6. THE OAK ISLAND MONEY PIT.
Originally discovered in 1795 according to the Huffington Post, this elusive treasure off the coast of Nova Scotia in Canada has grabbed the attention of treasure-hunters for centuries. It began when a teenage boy known as Daniel McGuinness was drawn to the island because he apparently saw lights and stumbled onto a hole. Thinking there was treasure buried, he and his friends started digging into it but ultimately found nothing.
7. THE LIMA TREASURE.
Following the conquest of the Incan Empire in the Sixteenth Century, the Spaniards took the wealth they had accumulated and stored it in the city of Lima in Peru. This included a variety of jewels and religious statues as well as gold bars and silver ones all of which was valued to be about 12-60 million dollars at the time.
8. THE POVERTY ISLAND TREASURE.
Apart from the Confederate Gold, Lake Michigan is home to another apparent treasure that resides near Poverty Island where a dismal lighthouse resides. However, there are multiple stories surrounding this treasure in terms of its origin ranging from belonging to James Strang. The supposed value of this gold, has been estimated to be worth 400 million dollars today.
9. THE FORREST FENN TREASURE.
Named after the guy who hid it after overcoming a terminal illness, this treasure supposedly, resides somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Locked inside a chest, the exact contents of it are unknown. Forrest Fenn’s friend claims it has various gold items, including coins and nuggets that were some of Fenn’s most cherished possessions due to him being a millionaire and art collector.