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Fist-Sized Gold Nugget Goes Up for Sale

Unidentified owner selling nugget found in Butte County in July

(Newser) - Is $11 million in rare gold coins too much for your pocketbook? Perhaps dealer Don Kagin can interest you in his newest treasure up for sale: a giant, 6.07-pound gold nugget. Found on public land in California's Butte County mountains this summer, the "Butte Nugget" is believed... More »

Man Slept in Car for Days to Guard Discovered Treasure

UK man with metal detector found 22K Roman coins

(Newser) - Laurence Egerton's metal-detecting excursions often resulted in such "treasures" as old shotgun cartridges and other "rubbish," he says. But last November, the UK builder found something much better—22,000 fourth-century Roman coins, the biggest such cache ever found in Britain. The coins, which date from... More »

Cops: Laborers Steal $1.2M in Hidden Gold

They found it buried at construction site in France, police say

(Newser) - A secret stash of gold coins and bars is the stuff of fantasies. And when three construction workers found $1.2 million worth on the job in Normandy, police say stealing it from the landowner proved too tempting to resist. Several days into their work leveling land, the laborers found... 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 »

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 »

Archaeologists Uncover Jerusalem Treasure Trove

Says one archaeologist: I have never found so much gold in my life!'

(Newser) - A dig near Jerusalem's Temple Mount has paid off big time for a team of archaeologists from Hebrew University: They announced yesterday that they've uncovered a 1,400-year-old Byzantine-era treasure trove. Chief among the various gold and silver items recovered is a 4-inch solid gold medallion depicting a... 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 »

$250K in Gold Found 100 Feet From Florida Coast

The 48 gold coins are from a 1715 shipwreck

(Newser) - You may want to pack your snorkeling gear the next time you're headed to Florida's eastern coast. The owner of a shipwreck-seeking salvage company has announced that he discovered 48 gold coins worth as much as $250,000 off Wabasso Beach on Saturday. And as CNN reports, he... 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 »

Tech Team Zeroes In on 'Genghis Khan's Tomb'

But University of California experts don't want to excavate

(Newser) - Everyone from archaeologists to grave robbers have been seeking Genghis Khan's tomb for the past 800 years—and now a team of techies from California may have found it, Newsweek reports. Using satellites, radar scans, and thousands of volunteers, Albert Lin's crew at the University of California in... More »

Amateur Treasure Hunter Finds Hoard of Roman Coins

And the haul could be worth $160,000

(Newser) - An amateur treasure hunter in Britain recently struck gold—literally—while using a relatively cheap metal detector. He found 40 Roman gold coins dating back to at least 408AD buried in the woods, reports the Daily Mail . He returned to the shop where he bought the detector, coins in hand,... More »

Yaarrrr: Shipwreck Might Yield Pirate's Booty

Divers may have found storied sunken ship off Tongan coast

(Newser) - Shiver me timbers! Divers off the coast of Tonga have found what they suspect is an old pirate's ship with a history straight out of Treasure Island, AFP reports . The Port-au-Prince was built by the French, captured by British privateers (read: pirates) in 1805, and then met its end... More »

Backyard Treasure Hunter Gets Stuck in Hole

A spirit told him he would find gold, but no such luck

(Newser) - An Indiana man had to be rescued from a giant hole in his own back yard. The 25-year-old says he was digging for gold because a spirit told him he would discover treasure, reports WSBT . After three days, he struck water instead and became hopelessly trapped up to his knees... More »

Strapped Nations Seek Revenue in Sunken Treasure

US firm tracks long-lost cargo

(Newser) - Here's an alternative way to fix the deficit: Find long-lost treasure beneath the waves. Sounds like a fairy tale, but the British government has contracted a US firm twice this year to track down the remnants of shipwrecks. One is the British steam ship Mantola that sunk in 1917,... More »

Treasure Worth Billions Found in Hindu Temple

Among the findings: an 18-foot-long necklace

(Newser) - Tucked within six underground vaults at a Hindu temple in southern India sits a treasure estimated to be worth more than $11.2 billion. Among the findings: precious stones, human figurines made of gold, thousands of necklaces (one 18 feet long), and many gold coins—and two of the chambers... More »

12 Lost Treasures You Can Search For

In the mood for an adventure? Here are a dozen places to begin your search

(Newser) - There are still some places in the world where X marks the spot. The Huffington Post lists a dozen locations ripe for real-life treasure hunting:
  1. Superstition Mountains, Ariz.: The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine is supposedly hidden somewhere in these mountains ... and full of ancient Apache treasure.
  2. Kaliningrad, Russia: The Amber
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Treasure Hunters Flock to Sleepy French Town

But Rennes-le-Chateau locals think they're 'pitiable'

(Newser) - No treasure has ever been found in Rennes-le-Chateau. But Remy Martinez is convinced it’s there. He believes, he tells the LA Times , that Visigoths hid vast wealth under the tiny French town, in an underground labyrinth that also contains an ancient Jewish temple and the body of Jesus Christ... More »

Treasure Hunter Unearths $460K Roman Helmet

Rare British find expected to fetch a fortune at auction

(Newser) - An amateur treasure hunter in Britain has unearthed a Roman helmet expected to fetch at least $460,000 at auction. The bronze helmet—only the third of its kind ever found in Britain—has a face mask and is topped with a griffin. Experts say the helmet, found in a... More »

On Scottish Island, Mystery, Egyptian Treasure?

Or, say locals, it could be 'a wee bit of BS'

(Newser) - Famous spoon-bending paranormalist Uri Geller claims the Scottish island he bought for $46,000 contains 3,500-year-old Egyptian treasure. Locals say, “Tosh.” Geller, who famously irritated Scots in 1996 by claiming he used his telekinetic powers to cause Scotland to lose to England in a soccer match, says... More »

Thieves Find $500M Treasure in Derelict Mansion

Aristocrat though home's shabby state would deter thieves

(Newser) - Spanish aristocrat Jaume Grau-Pla's cunning strategy of hiding the family treasure in a derelict mansion he thought thieves would overlook didn't work. Loot worth an estimated $500 million, including jewels and relics dating back to the 12th century, was stolen from the Catalonia mansion by thieves tipped off by a... More »

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