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Pastor Goes Missing in Search for Treasure Chest

While fellow treasure-hunters seek to help police in their search for Paris Wallace

(Newser) - The search for a Colorado pastor continues in northern New Mexico four days after Paris Wallace was reported missing while hunting for the elusive Forrest Fenn treasure . The Daily Sentinel reports tips from fellow treasure hunters, including Wallace's friend Wendell Smith, helped police locate the Chevrolet Tahoe Wallace was... More »

$18K Permit Stands Between Man and $130M Treasure

John Cruise-Wilkins isn't giving up his father's quest

(Newser) - It's known as the Holy Grail of pirate treasure—a haul of gold, silver, and jewels worth an estimated $130 million—and John Cruise-Wilkins says he knows where it is. So why is the man not yet swimming in diamonds and rubies? Well, getting to the treasure is not... More »

Ex-Treasure Hunter Again Told to Give Up Coins' Location

Tommy Thompson has been in prison nearly 500 days

(Newser) - A federal judge is warning an ex-treasure hunter that he could face another contempt-of-court charge if he doesn't reveal the location of 500 missing gold coins. Ohio Judge Algenon Marbley on Friday ordered Tommy Thompson to cooperate by granting power of attorney to allow the government to figure out... More »

'Life-Changing' Treasure Found in Piano Still Perplexes

Which is good news for Bishops Castle Community College, a piano tuner

(Newser) - British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money. The school that owns the piano and the tuner who found the gold are now in line for a... More »

Found in Piano: 'Life-Changing' Amount of Gold Coins

UK authorities are seeking the owner

(Newser) - British officials are trying to trace the owner of a trove of gold coins worth a "life-changing" amount of money found stashed inside a piano, the AP reports. A coroner investigating the find on Thursday urged anyone with information to come forward. When the piano's owners took it... More »

Treasure Hunter Has to Stay in Jail Until 'Epiphany'

'It is the season of miracles,' judge says of deep-sea explorer's 'memory loss'

(Newser) - Tommy Thompson is a shipwreck explorer believed to know the location of a fortune in gold coins—but he can't spend them in Ohio's Delaware County jail, and he's not getting out until he reveals where they are. The treasure hunter has been held on a contempt... More »

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 »

You Shouldn't Ignore That Penny on the Ground

Ally Bank promotion is to 'demonstrate the importance of valuing every cent'

(Newser) - Stopping to pick up a stray penny off the ground may not seem worth the effort, yet one bank is trying to change that mindset by placing 100 fake pennies across the country worth $1,000 apiece. Ally Bank says it's hoping to encourage Americans to look for opportunities... 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 »

6 Months After Disappearing, Treasure Hunter's Body Found

He is first to die searching for Forrest Fenn's loot

(Newser) - Randy Bilyeu thought he knew where Forrest Fenn's treasure was. But instead of being the first to find the $2 million haul of jewels believed to be buried somewhere in New Mexico, he ended up being its first victim. Police confirmed Tuesday that the remains of the 54-year-old grandfather... More »

US Firm Plans Expedition to Disputed Shipwreck

Even though Colombia says the San Jose galleon is all theirs

(Newser) - An American company isn't backing down on its claim that it's entitled to half the haul from the San Jose galleon, a treasure-laden Spanish ship sunk by the British in 1708 off the coast of Colombia. Sea Search Armada, which is based in Washington state, plans to head... More »

Historian: $500M Treasure Hides in Old Nazi Bunker

Is it really Russia's lost 'Amber Room'?

(Newser) - Some consider it "the world's most valuable piece of lost art," says Reuters , and according to a Polish historian, the Russian treasure may have been located. Bartlomiej Plebanczyk on Friday told his country's TVN24 he's "almost certain" the Amber Room, a chamber made of... More »

Hiker Finds Incredibly Rare Ancient Coin

Laurie Rimon noticed it while hiking in Israel

(Newser) - Look twice next time you see a glimmer in the grass—it might be a bit of history. So Laurie Rimon learned when she spotted a gold coin while hiking in the Galilee area of northern Israel last week, NPR reports. Amazingly, the coin was minted by Roman Emperor Trajan... More »

Treasure-Hunting Pioneers Set Sights on Wreck's Gold

Team plans to salvage coins from sunken ship near Boston

(Newser) - Last summer, a team from Endurance Exploration Group used a remotely operated vehicle—or ROV—to recover a glass bottle, a chamber pot fragment, and a piece of china that had been sitting on the seabed some 1,000 feet below the Atlantic Ocean's surface for more than 150... More »

Treasure Hunter Disappears Seeking $2M in Hidden Gold

The treasure was hidden in the Rocky Mountains by an eccentric old man

(Newser) - An antiquities dealer who inspired tens of thousands to search the Rocky Mountains for $2 million in hidden treasure now leads an increasingly desperate mission to find one of his fans, the AP reports. Forrest Fenn has been flying out in chartered helicopters or planes, searching remote stretches of the... More »

Battle Brews Over Who Owns 'Holy Grail of Shipwrecks'

US company says it's owed 50%; Spain may want it all

(Newser) - The " holy grail of shipwrecks " has been found, but the rightful owner of its treasure—including gold, silver, and jewels worth up to $17 billion—has yet to be determined. US company Sea Search Armada claims to have discovered the area of the San Jose wreck back in... More »

Colombia Finds 'Holy Grail of Shipwrecks'

The sunken treasure could be worth up to $17B

(Newser) - "The holy grail of shipwrecks" has finally been found off the coast of Colombia, Mashable reports. "Great news! We have found the San Jose galleon," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted Friday. The gold, silver, gems, and jewelry carried by the Spanish galleon—which was sunk by... More »

Archaeologists Discover Tomb Stuffed With Riches

Inside: a 'griffin warrior'

(Newser) - Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove in the undisturbed grave of a warrior who died some 3,500 years ago in Greece. Found in the ancient city of Pylos in May, the 5-foot-deep grave contained a bronze sword with an ivory hilt; a gold-hilted dagger; four gold rings; a gold... 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 »

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