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  • FBI dig at rumored site of fabled Civil War treasure comes up short

    03/20/2018 3:09:35 AM PDT · by BBell · 31 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | 3/20/18 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The FBI came out empty handed at the remote Pennsylvania site where Civil War-era gold treasure is rumored to be buried, officials said Monday. Dozens of FBI agents, Pennsylvania state officials and members of a treasure-hunting group dug in a rural site where local lore has it that a Civil War-era gold shipment bound for a U.S. Mint in Philadelphia was either lost or hidden around the time of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. President Abraham Lincoln reportedly ordered the shipment to pay Union Army soldiers, according to a local treasure-hunting group called Finders Keepers.The FBI said it conducted...
  • Has lost Civil War gold bound for Philly been found?

    03/16/2018 5:54:42 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    Philly.com ^ | March 16, 2018 | Jason Nark
    When Sgt. Jim Connors tipped back a few too many, he’d talk about the legend of lost Civil War gold, and boast about its whereabouts deep in the hills of Western Pennsylvania. Connors, according to a 1978 United Press International article in the Pittsburgh Press, was part of a special Union detachment tasked with transporting 26 gold bars, each weighing 50 pounds, from West Virginia to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia in the summer of 1863.According to one version of the story, Connors staggered into Lock Haven, in north-central Pennsylvania, as the lone survivor of an ambush. The gold was...
  • Has $55MILLION of gold lost during the Battle of Gettysburg finally been discovered? [tr]

    03/17/2018 5:25:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 17, 2018 | Minyvonne Burke
    Has $55million worth of lost gold from the Civil War era been found in central Pennsylvania? That's what locals seem to believe after FBI agents, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and treasure hunters Dennis and Kem Parada were seen digging around a remote area in Benezette Township, called Dents Run. Dennis and his son Kem, the owners of the treasure hunting organization Finders Keepers, have claimed for years that 52 gold bars were buried under a fire pit at Dents Run more than 150 years ago during the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Legend says a load of Union gold went missing during the Civil War. Did the FBI just find it?

    03/18/2018 1:25:48 PM PDT · by BBell · 35 replies
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/ ^ | 3/17/18 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    As a 155-year-old legend goes, a Union Army wagon train left Wheeling, W.Va., before the Battle of Gettysburg, carrying two tons of gold, but never completed its 400-mile mission. The gold was supposed to be used to pay Union soldiers. But it first had to make it to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, according to the Associated Press. It never did. The wagon train traveled northeast and was last spotted in St. Marys, Pa. Searchers found the wagons and the bodies of dead soldiers — and the gold was gone. But maybe not forever. On Friday, dozens of FBI agents,...
  • Search for Buried Treasure Linked to Illinois Man's Death At Yellowstone

    02/20/2018 7:25:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | FEb 20, 2018
    Last summer, 53-year-old Jeff Murphy was hiking in Yellowstone National Park when he disappeared. Park investigators found his body on June 9, where Murphy had fallen 500 feet from Turkey Pen Peak, after accidentally stepping into a chute. But he wasn't on just any hike. He was looking for a treasure box of gold and jewels worth up to $2 million, buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountains by an eccentric millionaire named Forrest Fenn. Fenn, an art dealer and millionaire in his 80s, lives in Santa Fe, N.M. In his self-published memoir, Fenn included a poem that supposedly leads to...
  • medieval treasure trove of 2,200 pieces of silver, 21 Islamic gold coins and a stunning signet ring

    11/16/2017 3:24:23 PM PST · by mairdie · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 November 2017 | Shivali Best
    Archaeologists have discovered an 'exceptional' treasure trove of precious objects at the Abbey of Cluny, a former Benedictine monastery in France's Saône-et-Loire More than 2,000 objects have been found, including silver deniers - or pennies - Islamic gold coins, a signet ring and several gold items. The discovery is the first time that gold coins from the Arab lands, silver French deniers and a signet ring have ever been found together in a single, enclosed complex. Researchers from the Universite Lumiere Lyon discovered the items as part of an archaeological dig at the Abbey of Cluny, which started in 2015....
  • 'Exceptional' medieval treasure trove unearthed at abbey in France

    11/18/2017 7:26:20 PM PST · by vannrox · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 November 2017 | Editorial staff
    An "exceptional and rare" medieval treasure trove including more than 2,200 gold and silver coins has been found in France in what has been called a "remarkable" discovery by archaeologists. It's the kind of discovery archaeologists dream of. While investigating an area next to the former Benedictine monastery Cluny Abbey in eastern France, a research group came across a pile of medieval treasure. Photo: Alexis Grattier/University of Lyon II "It's an exceptional and extremely rare treasure," said Anne Flamman from France's National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). "We understood straight away that it was a unique discovery and I...
  • Trump: Veterans 'This Country's Greatest National Treasure'

    11/11/2017 11:43:10 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 11 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 11/11/2017 | Wanda Carruthers
    President Donald Trump called veterans "this country's greatest national treasure" in a special Veterans Day message he posted on Twitter Saturday. On this wonderful Veterans Day, I want to express the incredible gratitude of the entire American Nation to our GREAT VETERANS. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/GhQbCA7yII — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2017 "America's veterans are this country's greatest national treasure," Trump said. "There's nothing close. You are the best role models for our youngest citizens, and you are a constant reminder of all that is decent, good, and brave."Trump thanked veterans and their families for their service to the...
  • New discovery hints at still further treasures hidden at famous shipwreck

    10/21/2017 9:07:22 AM PDT · by bitt · 10 replies
    fox news ^ | Oct 5, 2017 | Michael Harthorne
    The ship bound for Rome sunk in 1BC and was first discovered off the coast of Greece in 1900. And yet the Antikythera shipwreck is still providing new discoveries. The Guardian reports an expedition to the site last month turned up a silver tankard, a human bone, and much more. Perhaps most exciting: the arm of a bronze statue and evidence that the remains of at least seven bronze statues are still buried there.
  • Colombia works to salvage Spanish treasure ship loaded with estimated $1 billion in gold, jewels

    07/06/2017 10:47:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 6, 2017
    Colombia is making progress in salvaging the San Jose, a centuries-old Spanish ship believed to be carrying $1 billion worth of gold, silver and gems, the country's president said Wednesday. The ship, which sank in 1708, was found in 2015 by the Colombian navy and the country’s archaeology institute near the port of Cartegena. The San Jose's manifest showed it was carrying jewels and coins worth an estimated $1 billion, but analysts say the crew may have smuggled extra loot on board, National Geographic reported. “All this precious cargo was taken away from the indigenous people” of the Americas, Charles...
  • Who Stashed Gold Inside A British Piano? It's A Mystery

    04/23/2017 8:57:01 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    News Times ^ | 4-21-2017 | (Richard Vernalls/PA via AP)
    LONDON (AP) — 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 windfall after a coroner investigating the find declared it treasure. But a couple who owned the piano for three decades before donating it to their local school will likely miss out. Coroner John Ellery said Thursday that, despite a thorough investigation and a public appeal for information, "we simply...
  • Treasure hunter found 3 tons of sunken gold and can't leave jail in Ohio until he says where it is

    12/17/2016 4:32:20 PM PST · by dynachrome · 80 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-15-16 | Tribune news services
    Tommy G. Thompson was once one of the greatest treasure hunters of his time: A dark-bearded diver who hauled a trove of gold from the Atlantic Ocean in 1988 - dubbed the richest find in U.S. history. Years later, accused of cheating his investors out of the fortune, Thompson led federal agents on a great manhunt - pursued from a Florida mansion to a mid-rent hotel room booked under a fake name. Now Thompson's beard has grayed, and he lives in an Ohio jail cell, held there until he gives up the location of the gold. But for nearly two...
  • French man discovers gold bars worth €3.5m after inheriting home

    11/22/2016 12:08:36 PM PST · by bkopto · 44 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 11/22/2016 | Henry Samuel
    The heir to a property in Normandy moved in only to find his forebear had hidden 100kg of gold coins, bars and ingots around the house, which he has just sold for €3.5m. The unnamed individual made the incredible discovery after inheriting the plush home in Evreux, a town south of Rouen. He started looking around the house to work out what his relation had left behind, and was stunned at what he found, according to the auction house of Evreux, which sold the entire collection. “There were 5,000 gold pieces, two 12-kilo gold bars and 37 ingots each weighing...
  • Could Long-Lost Amber Room Be Stashed in a Nazi Bunker in Poland?

    06/20/2016 7:01:27 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 June 2016 | Rick Lyman
    There is perhaps no lost-treasure mystery more seductive than that of the priceless Amber Room of Peter the Great, which disappeared in the chaotic closing hours of World War II. Now Bartlomiej Plebanczyk, an unassuming historian and museum director in northeastern Poland, believes he has found it. Elderly villagers told Mr. Plebanczyk that they had seen a German convoy unloading big crates into a secret chamber in a stark, moss-covered Nazi bunker near the Russian border in early 1945. So the Mamerki Museum, whichhe leads, recently completed a ground-penetrating radar scan of the derelict bunker that he said confirmed the...
  • 500 year-old shipwreck loaded with gold found in Namibian desert

    06/07/2016 3:47:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | June 7, 2016 | Walt Bonner
    Diamond miners recently discovered a ship that went down 500 years ago after draining a man-made lagoon on Namibia’s coast. While shipwrecks are often found along Africa’s Skeleton Coast, this one just so happened to be loaded with $13,000,000 worth of gold coins. It also answers a centuries–old mystery and is what some archaeologists are calling one of the most significant shipwrecks ever found. The wreck was first discovered along the coast near Oranjemund by geologists from the mining company De Beers in April 2008. One reason it took centuries to find is because it was underneath the ocean floor....
  • Construction workers unearth over half a tonne of Roman coins in Spain

    04/29/2016 7:42:11 AM PDT · by wtd · 94 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 29 April 2016 | Keely Lockhart
    Construction workers unearth over half a tonne of Roman coins in Spain Workers laying pipes in a park in Seville have unearthed a 600-kilogram trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery.
  • Fort Pierce salvor declared owner of sunken treasure recovered off Panama

    02/15/2016 6:29:02 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 13 replies
    TC Palm ^ | 2-12-16 | Paul Ivice
    A portion of the Spanish treasure Fort Pierce salvor Daniel Porter recovered in 2012 from a galleon sunk in 1631 in a hurricane off Panama is back in his hands. Porter, 53, the managing partner of Fort Pierce-based Maritime Research and Recovery LLC, attempted in September to bring home about 100 silver coins and other artifacts with an estimated value of $500,000 when they were seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at the behest of Panama’s government. The items were part of Porter’ share of more than 10,000 such items minted in Peru that were recovered during a...
  • Colombian Treasure Find Could Shed Light on Spain’s Colonial Past but Spark Legal Battles

    12/05/2015 3:56:47 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 05 Dec 2015 | Sara Schaefer Muñoz
    Spanish galleon San Jose sank more than 300 years ago in battle with British, while carrying vast cargo of gold and precious stones Colombia’s discovery of the 300-year-old, shipwrecked galleon San Jose, thought to be loaded with some $10 billion in gold and precious stones, could shed light on an important period in Spanish colonial history but also spawn legal battles over the valuable cargo. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said his country spent two years studying historical maps, meteorology and used the latest sea-searching technology to locate the Spanish vessel, which sank during a battle in 1708 in the...
  • With Shipwreck Treasure Easier to Reach, a Duel Is On

    11/30/2015 2:11:31 PM PST · by Theoria · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Frances Robles
    The Spanish galleon San José was overloaded with 200 passengers and 700 tons of cargo on a summer night in 1631 when it smashed into a rock off the Pacific coast of Panama, spilling silver coins and bars into the Gulf of Panama. More than 400,000 coins and at least 1,417 bars were lost over a 40-mile trail. Four hundred years later, that shipwreck has become one of the latest to land in a legal quagmire over who should have the rights to historic artifacts trapped under the sea. This one involves the United Nations, the United States Department of...
  • Suspected location of mystery Nazi gold train set ablaze but authorities insist it wasn't arson

    09/01/2015 6:53:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Matthew Day and Gregory Walton
    The mystery surrounding a legendary Nazi gold train buried in Poland took a new twist after the suspected location of the armoured train and its cargo went up in flames. The embankment by the Wroclaw-Walbrzych main line considered to be the favourite for the train’s location in the town of Walbrzych, southern Poland, was burnt along with 219 square yards of forest and bush on it.