If you think treasure hunting is just child's play, then you haven't heard of the story of Mel Fisher finding the Nuestra Señora de Atocha treasure off the coast of the Florida Keys. The silver, gold and emeralds he found were reportedly worth a whopping $500,000,000. Not a bad score if you ask us.
If you'd like to try your hand at treasure hunting, don't worry: There are still plenty of lost treasures waiting to be found. Check out the video below for a few of the most noteworthy treasures still at large.
Our favorite buried treasure that's yet to be found is the Beale Ciphers treasure. The story goes something like this: In the early 1800s, a group of American adventurers from Virginia were hunting buffalo in what is now Colorado. They stumbled across a mine containing silver and gold, spent 18 months mining the precious metals, and then charged their leader, Thomas J .Beale, with the task of transporting and hiding the treasure in Virginia.
Beale traveled back to Virginia, presumably with the treasure. He wrote up several cipher texts that contained the location of the treasure, and gave the texts to a man named Robert Morriss, the innkeeper of the Lynchburg hotel. Beale instructed Morriss to hide the texts and not to read them unless Beale or one of his men never returned to claim the texts. However, Morriss never saw Beale again after that moment. He read the texts 23 years later, but no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't solve the ciphers. Shortly before his death years later, Morriss gave the ciphers to a friend who was able to decipher one of the texts, which can be read below:
I have deposited in the county of Bedford, about four miles from Buford's, in an excavation or vault, six feet below the surface of the ground, the following articles, belonging jointly to the parties whose names are given in number three, herewith:
The first deposit consisted of ten hundred and fourteen pounds of gold, and thirty-eight hundred and twelve pounds of silver, deposited Nov. eighteen nineteen. The second was made Dec. eighteen twenty-one, and consisted of nineteen hundred and seven pounds of gold, and twelve hundred and eighty-eight of silver; also jewels, obtained in St. Louis in exchange for silver to save transportation, and valued at thirteen thousand dollars.The above is securely packed in iron pots, with iron covers. The vault is roughly lined with stone, and the vessels rest on solid stone, and are covered with others. Paper number one describes the exact locality of the vault, so that no difficulty will be had in finding it.
This friend wasn't able to find the treasure, however, and eventually the ciphers were published in pamphlets that were sold to the public. Some people have suggested the whole thing is a hoax. But if you're the more optimistic type, then head on out to Virginia and get rich and famous by finding the Beale Cipher treasure (and don't forget who pointed you in the right direction when you're thinking of who to split the treasure with!).