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Ex-Treasure Hunter Faking Memory Loss: Judge

Shipwreck explorer Tommy Thompson says he can't remember where gold coins are

(Newser) - An ex-deep sea treasure hunter is faking memory problems and intentionally deceiving authorities about the location of missing coins minted from gold from an 1857 shipwreck , a federal judge ruled. Tommy Thompson has been held in contempt of court since last December, reports the AP , when Judge Algenon Marbley found... More »

Legendary Nazi Gold Train May Be Just a Legend

Treasure hunters admit they've found neither train nor tunnel

(Newser) - Explorers' great hopes for finding a legendary Nazi gold train in Poland appeared dashed Wednesday when, after digging extensively, they admitted they have found "no train, no tunnel" at the site, the AP reports. The legend has sparked a gold rush, drawing in treasure hunters from across Europe to... More »

Treasure Hunters to Finally Find That Nazi Gold Train. Maybe

A new search starts Monday in Poland

(Newser) - It's been a year since two treasure hunters claimed to have found a Nazi gold train buried under Poland and yet no Nazi gold train has actually been produced. That isn't stopping a team of 35 people, who plan to resume the hunt Monday, Deutsche Welle reports. Last... More »

'Gift From God' Helps Wife Recover Lost Wedding Ring

Rosa Pineda believed she'd never see it again

(Newser) - When Rosa Pineda lost her wedding ring in the Pacific Ocean, she cried and figured it was long gone—until her husband stumbled onto what she calls "a gift from God," ABC News reports. Rosa and Rudy Pineda were with their family on Shell Beach at Pismo Beach,... More »

What a Fugitive Treasure Hunter Had on Him

Tommy Thompson kept unique array of items nearby

(Newser) - You're a treasure hunter who's illegally sold about $50 million in loot and gone into hiding—now what do you keep with you? According to a court filing today in the case of Tommy Thompson, the answer is 16 photo IDs, 43 cellphones, six thumb drives, 15 prepaid... More »

Treasure Hunters Find $4.5M in Gold Coins Off Beach

Some people have the best jobs

(Newser) - Three-hundred years to the day after a hurricane sank 11 treasure-laden ships off the Florida coast, treasure hunters found 350 gold coins worth an estimated $4.5 million, Florida Today reports. Brent Brisben , captain of the salvage ship that found the sunken treasure, tells CBS News the timing was "... More »

Treasure-Hunting Family Strikes Gold Off Fla. Coast

Armada wrecked 300 years ago still giving up riches

(Newser) - Spending your summers hunting for sunken treasure can be "monotonous" and "demoralizing," Eric Schmitt tells the Orlando Sentinel —but the monotony is sometimes broken by a dazzling find like the one unveiled this week. Schmitt found more than $1 million in treasure from the 1715 Spanish... More »

Hunt for Man's Treasure Chest 'Out of Control'

Some have come within 200 feet, Forrest Fenn says

(Newser) - For a guy who stashed a treasure chest full of gold and jewels believed to be worth around $2 million and gave cryptic clues to its location, Forrest Fenn sounds almost surprised by the level of public interest. The treasure hunt is "out of control," the 84-year-old author... More »

Judge Stops Salvaging of WWII Shipwreck

Treasure hunter says it has valuable platinum

(Newser) - A treasure hunter's effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge. Greg Brooks' company Sea Hunters LP is no longer allowed to salvage additional items from the SS Port Nicholson, which... More »

Hunt Is On for Fugitive Treasure-Hunter's Loot

Investors want bounty worth millions they say Tommy Thompson got on 'Ship of Gold'

(Newser) - Deep-sea treasure hunter Tommy Thompson made headlines in 1988 when he found the legendary "Ship of Gold" (aka the USS Central America) shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina, which sank to the ocean floor with thousands of pounds of gold in 1857. Now he's in the news... More »

Treasure Hunter Finds 1979 Ring Lost in Pacific

Robert Fowler lost his class ring surfing in California

(Newser) - Robert Fowler was sure his class ring was gone for good. Just a couple of months after he got it in 1979, it slipped from the Mount Tamalpais student's 17-year-old finger as he surfed off Bolinas, Calif., a few months before his graduation. "I figured, 'Oh well,... More »

1982 Book Could Lead Way to 10 Lost Treasures

If you unearth one of the 10 keys, you can claim a precious gem

(Newser) - In the early 1980s, Byron Preiss buried 12 keys underground in North America that, when found, can be turned in for gems worth $1,000 each. He and a number of collaborators created a book called The Secret: A Treasure Hunt!, published in 1982, that contains a dozen paintings and... More »

Long Sought-After Relic Found in Puget Sound?

900-pound anchor could be the one lost on a famous expedition in 1792

(Newser) - Six years after first discovering it, "amateur sleuths" rejoiced Monday after bringing a 900-pound anchor thought to be lost in 1792 to the surface in Washington state's Puget Sound. They hope to prove they've found the stream anchor that was reportedly lost exactly 222 years earlier, on... More »

Gold Hunters: Fabled Shipwreck Still Holds Riches

SS Central America contains $86M in gold, Odyssey Marine Exploration believes

(Newser) - The SS Central America once held so much gold that the ship's sinking triggered a national financial panic in 1857, but is there any gold left among its watery ruins? Deep-sea exploration firm Odyssey Marine Exploration is betting there is, even though a treasure hunter brought $52 million in... More »

Koreans on Treasure Hunt ... for Space Rocks

Hunters looking to cash in after a meteor shower

(Newser) - Hundreds of South Koreans scouring the countryside of Jinju with metal detectors are on a treasure hunt—but rather than a gold rush, it's a meteorite-searching frenzy. After two black rocks found near the country's southern tip were confirmed to be fragments of a meteor—the first chondrites... More »

Musical Score May Reveal Where Nazi Treasure Lies

Two Dutchmen think it's in Mittenwald, southern Germany

(Newser) - It's quite the fanciful story: Nazis buried diamonds and 100 gold bars in a Bavarian town during World War II, in a spot whose location was encoded into an annotated piece of sheet music by Adolf Hitler's private secretary. That score, to Gottfried Federlein's "March Impromptu,... More »

There's Sunken Treasure Off Massachusetts: Explorer

He thinks pirate ship could have been carrying 400K coins

(Newser) - Avast, me hearties, and hear the tale of an undersea explorer named Barry Clifford, who believes he's closing in on 400,000 coins languishing at the bottom of Davy Jones' locker. As the AP explains, the Whydah sank off Massachusetts in 1717, along with riches plundered from 50 other... More »

Shipwreck Yields 61 Tons of Silver

Odyssey Marine Exploration pulls up more treasure from SS Gairsoppa

(Newser) - Odyssey Marine Exploration has uncovered the biggest load of treasure ever recovered from a shipwreck: 61 tons of silver bullion. The haul was pulled up this month from the SS Gairsoppa, a British cargo ship that sank off the coast of Ireland in 1941 after being torpedoed by a... More »

New Wrinkle in New Mexico Treasure Hunt

New Mexico authorities say no digging without a permit

(Newser) - A collection of gold and jewels that a retired Santa Fe art dealer says he stashed in the mountains north of Santa Fe has generated so much interest from amateur treasure hunters that some have put their lives in jeopardy or been cited for illegally digging on public lands. But... More »

Treasure-Hunting Woman Gets Lost in Cold Forest

Author's 'emeralds, diamonds, and rubies' drew her to NM

(Newser) - Police rescued a treasure-hunting Texas woman this weekend who was lost in the mountains of New Mexico in below-freezing temperatures, ABC News reports. Chanon Thompson, 33, had come in search of treasure that an author says he buried in the Santa Fe National Forest. Thompson's boyfriend reported her missing... More »

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