There are many accounts of lost treasures, some dating from ancient times and those that are more recent.
Just imagine walking around in the woods and stumbling across a treasure chest of money.
Treasures are hidden all around us, and all we have to do is search for them.
There are many treasures worth searching for and this is the list of the top ten based on value and the likelihood that they still exist somewhere.
1. Yamashita’s treasure at Bacuit Bay: Bacuit Bay is a small island in Philippines.
Yamashita treasure is the name given to the alleged war loot stolen in Southeast Asia by Japanese forces during World War II and hidden in caves, tunnels and underground complexes in the Philippines.
It is named for the Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita, nicknamed "The Tiger of Malaya". History unveils that Yamashita buried gold in this island. Yamashita obtained his treasures by looting many bordering countries during the 30s until World War II.
Yamashita’s treasures includes loot from Malaysia, India, Thailand and Burma, which were all shipped to the Philippines prior to their final destination—Japan. Unfortunately for Yamashita, Japan surrendered while he was still in the Philippines.
Prior to being captured and hung, Yamashita hid his treasure in 172 different places on the island. He and his crew assumed they would eventually come back for the treasure.
Some sources estimate that Yamashita’s treasures could be worth billions today.
2.The Church of Pisco, lost treasure: In 1859, four men who were mercenaries for the Peruvian army planned to gain confidence of the priests of Pisco Church.
Luke Barrett, Arthur Brown, Jack Killorain and Diego Alvarez, gained the confidence of the Pisco Church in Peru and managed to sail away with over 14 tons of gold and other treasures after killing the priests.
Unfamiliar with the area, the four drew a map, ditched the loot and headed to Australia; with the hope of eventually returning and recovering the treasure.
Unfortunately, prior to returning for their treasure, two were killed and the other two were arrested. Only Killorain survived the jail stint.
Before he died he told Charles Howe about the Pisco Church heist and where the treasure was stashed.
When Howe found the treasure, he was not equipped to move the treasure. He left the treasure hoping to return and collect.
Out of money, Howe failed to return to collect the treasure but he had disclosed the location to George Hamilton who eventually went looking for the treasure but never found it because he couldn’t understand the map.
3. Lue treasure map: The map was created by an unnamed Nazi loyalist in the United States, whose property was used as cache site for 100 tons of Gold Bullion that was smuggled into the US by Nazi Agents.
The purpose of the Nazi mission was to sell the gold on the US Market and to crash the US Economy which would stop the US from entering World War II. Around this same time the United States passed the American gold act which prevented the Nazis from selling the gold on the open market.
The Nazis then moved in to try and recover the gold with the hopes of smuggling it back out of the US before they could be stopped by US Agents.
But the Nazi Loyalist who's property they had buried the Gold on had mysteriously died.
Taking the secret of the Lue map with him.
The Nazis where not able to crack the map on their own and the dug all over the Loyalists property for the gold but could not find the cache.
Ultimately they were unable to retrieve the treasure and returned to Germany.
4. The white city, La Ciudad Blanca: It is a legendary settlement, in Honduras, an object of study for many. It is rumored to have been a gold city.
Many explorers came to discover it but failed. Some of them are: Herman Cortes stumbled upon it in 1526, then Cristobol de Pedraza in 1544.
Archeologist William Strong noted ‘archeological mounds’ near Rio Patuca and Rio Conquirre in 1933, providing more fuel for a growing legend where “nobles there ate from plates of gold.”
5. Genghis Khan Lake Issyk-Kul: One of the most notable legends of this lake is of Commander Genghis Khan who is supposedly buried with his treasures. Some legends have his treasure in the lake and others admit the location is unknown.
Reports indicate that his soldiers killed everyone that knew the tomb’s location and when they returned from the burial site, they were killed as well.
6. Santissima Concepcion : One notable shipwreck that fell prey to the tumultuous southern hurricane season was the shipwreck of Santissima Concepcion or “El Grande.” The record listed 500 people on board, but various reports have identified anywhere between 4 to 190 people who survived to describe their ordeal.
Beyond the crew the record also lists 1,800,000 pesos in treasures, “77 chests of pearls and 49 chests of emeralds.” There have been numerous attempts to locate the treasure yet most have proved fruitless.
It is believed the Sir William Phipp found about 25% of the treasure during his 1687 expedition.
7. SS Islander’s Evasive Gold: In a bit of irony the SS Islander that sank in 1901 was recovered in 2012-without any gold.
Why is it on the list? Well the Mars Company, the expedition, crew thinks the gold may be on the sea bed as a result of moving the ship.
They did find gold dust and pieces of gold on the recovered ship but that’s about it.
Mars Company estimates the treasure will be valued at over $250 million therefore they are planning another expedition.
You can see part of the ship on the banks of Admiral Island while the rest is in Seattle.
8. Lost treasures of Antilla: The Antilla, sank in 1945 when German invaded Holland during World War II.
As the folk lore goes, the Antilla was anchored north of what is known now as the North Shore. The police rowed out to the ship and asked for their surrender.
The police returned to shore and allowed the skipper time to contemplate his decision. Instead, of surrendering to the enemy, the skipper opened up the seacock allowing the water to sweep into the Antilla.
As the cold water hit the boilers the boilers exploded causing the ship to sink. At least the enemy did not get possession of the new ship, the Antilla.
This ghost ship, as the locals call it, remains a tribute to the German soldiers from WWII.
9. Apache Indian Treasures: There is an abundance of real lost treasures, some of which belonged to the Apache Indians.
Rumor has it that after attacking a wagon train the Apache Indians hid their stolen fortune of silver coins and gold dust in a Dutch oven.
This oven, which contains the lost treasure, is hidden behind rocks at a point on Winchester Mountain in Arizona.
Those in search of the treasure claim the point is cursed but that has not stopped treasure hunters from trying their luck.
10. Lost Adams Diggings: To find a canyon wall that cries tears of gold you will need to map yourself a route to the Lost Adams Diggings in western New Mexico. It was in the early 1860s when Adams made his trek to the area.
Guided along the White River and into the White Mountains, Adams and his crew of miners found gold nuggets that hidden “in a corn-grinding basin.”
Although Adams left the mine on the second night, the miners stayed when they were brutally attacked and killed by Apache Indians.
Tales say that Adams was never able to find his gold canyon again.